National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, yesterday, swore-in 2,680 corps members to partake in the 2015 Batch ‘A’ orientation programme in Rivers State.
State Co-ordinator of the NYSC in the state, Mrs. Nwatarali Ngozi Dorothy gave the disclosure during the swearing-in ceremony of the corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Nonwa-Gbam, Tai local government area of the state.
According to the state coordinator, out of the 2680 registered on camp, 1,165 are male, while 1515 are famale, pointing out that the orientation course commenced on Tuesday, May 5 this year.
She disclosed that the orientation programme has been designed to among other things, equip corps members in the roles they are expected to play during their service year, create a forum for a better understanding of the environment, culture and the people of the state, inculcate discipline, leadership skills, and the roles expected of them during their service year.
While commending the corps members for exhibiting high level of discipline since arrival on camp, Mrs Nwatarali used the occasion to call on all schools interested in having corps members to immediately forward their requests.
She, therefore, thanked the state government and the NYSC Governing Board on their support to corps members in the state and for ensuring their security and welfare.
Declaring the camp open, the state governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, congratulated the corps members and called on them to be dedicated in their primary assignment as a way of contributing to nation building.
The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Dickson Umunakwe, while delivering President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s message, thanked the corps members who partook as ad hoc staff in the just-concluded general elections. He therefore charged them to be good ambassadors during their service year.
“Your orientation programme is packaged to acquaint you with all you need to know for a successful service year. It is also designed to inculcate in you the spirit of discipline, leadership and self-reliance; which are the skills expected of future leaders.
“Your call-up to serve your country is a worthy acknowledgement of your considered dint of hard work and obedience to constituted authority”, he said.
He added that the NYSC has in the past 42 years remained a beacon of hope in the country’s quest for unity and called on the corps members to pay attention to the content of the programme and avoid running fowl of the NYSC rules and regulations during their service year.

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