By Elijah Ugani and Chiemeka Adindu
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has called on the media to adequately report the activities of those undertaking the one year mandatory youth service scheme as they have contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development.
Ayade stated this while swearing in 1,539 youth corps member comprising of 858 males and 681 females at the National Youth Service Corps permanent orientation camp in Obubra.
“I want to call on the media to ensure adequate coverage of the the activities of NYSC considering the magnitude of service rendered by the scheme across the nation,” said Ayade who was represented by the Head of Local Government Administration in that local government, Mr. Barry Inyang.
He called on the corps members deployed to the State to contribute to nation building by providing solutions that will help Nigeria substantially.
He said that: “Let me call on you to contribute your quota to nation building by providing solutions that will help Nigeria substantially shift from over reliance on oil to become self reliant.
“Let me also remind you of your roles in the prevailing challenges confronting this nation, kindly focus on every bit of what brought you to the State as to make your families and the nation proud.”
Furthermore, he revealed his willingness to expand the agricultural frontier as to boost food security and assured corps members of his administration’s readiness to treat NYSC as a dependable partner in the delivery of basic services to the citizenry.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Michael Edem represented by the Justice Emmanuel Ubua of the Obubra division of the High Court administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members.
The State coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Adegoke Ayodele reiterated NYSC proactive roles towards complementing government’s drive to create self reliant entrepreneurs instead of job seekers.
He averred that: “As a scheme, we will not leave any stone unturned to be proactive towards complementing government’s drive to create self reliant entrepreneurs instead of job seekers.”
Mr. Ayodele called on the State government to intervene on the porous nature of the camp which poses a security challenge and to expand the camp hostels to absorb the ever increasing number of corps members deployed to the state.
However, he commended the State for converting two makeshifts halls to hostels.
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