person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder April 13, 2018 15:35:44

By Emeka Ilozor F.

Awka, April 13, 2018 -- Over 2000 corps members have been issued certificates of service at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Speaking during the passing out ceremony of the 2017 Batch 'A' Stream 1 corps members, Gov. Willie Obiano represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr Primus Okoye, described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a tool for the implementation of important national developmental programmes.

"Apart from fostering national unity and integration, the scheme has over the years, contributed immensely to the growth and development of our nation”.

"I commend all corps members who are passing out, especially for the contributions made to the growth of critical sectors of the state in developmental strategies,” the Gov. said.

He thanked them for the service to the state and their contributions in areas such as health care delivery, education, social service, skills acquisition, environmental protection, among others.  

He, however, charged them to utilize the experience they had gathered from camp during the entire service year and thanked them for their active involvement in skills acquisition training.

The State Coordinator, NYSC, Anambra State, Mr. E. O. Olawale eulogized Gov. Obiano and the people of the state for their numerous support to the scheme.

"Let me mention categorically that the service year was a rewarding time and testimonies of your numerous contributions to the state are glaring", Mr Olawale said.

He noted that 7 corps members were qualified for the Governor's award, 5 for the Chairman's award and 13 corps members received the State Coordinator's award.

The State Coordinator, also said that 13 corps members were found wanting during the service year and were sanctioned in line with the NYSC Bye Law ranging from extension of service to outright repeat of service.

The member representing Ihiala 1 Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Udemmadu, charged the corps members to be faithful to God and make optimal use of the different skills they acquired during the service year.

Highlight at the event included, presentation of award certificate to the best corps member, Mr Eze Henry Chinonso who initiated poultry and piggery farms in his place of primary assignment, St. John of God Secondary School, Awka, and to other outstanding corps members who distinguished themselves during the service year.

In attendance were, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, who doubles also as the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Anambra State, Mr Bonaventure Enemali, Security Chiefs and many other dignitaries.