Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Tuesday urged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to the state to ensure the people felt their positive impact.
Wike made the call at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch “A” orientation programme at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by Mr George Nweke, Permanently Secretary, Special Duties, Office of the Secretary to the Rivers Government, he urged them to help bring accelerated developments at their places of primary assignments.
“You’re, therefore, expected to join hands with my administration by making sure you embark on viable community development projects wherever you will serve.
“The good people of Rivers expect nothing less from you than a total commitment to the oath you swore by diligently upholding its provision in letter and spirit,” he said.
According to Wike, the orientation course has adequately prepared them physically and mentally for the task of national service at their places of primary assignments.
“I therefore charge you to promote the key objective of the NYSC scheme, which is to raise a crop of disciplined and morally sound youths ready to build bridges of national unity.
“The discipline you showed in the camp was an encouragement that you are ready as catalyst for positive change in the various communities that you will find yourself,” he added.
The River governor warned the corps members to resist the lure of unnecessary and unauthorised journeys that in the past resulted in unpleasant consequences for corps members.
“As corps members, your lives are precious to us the Rivers government, Federal Government and your lovely families; you need to stay alive,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Chinwendu Chukwu, State Coordinator of NYSC in Rivers, commended Gov. Wike for his approval and release of funds for the construction of a 5000-seater capacity amphi-theatre auditorium in the camp.
Chukwu stated that work had already commenced on the project which he described as first of its kind in any NYSC camp in Nigeria.