National Youth Service Corp, NYSC in Akwa Ibom would soon commence the construction of its permanent secretariat in the state, courtesy of a N50 million lifeline from Governor Godswill Akpabio.
Akpabio announced the donation yesterday during the official swearing-in ceremony of 2015 Batch `A’ Corps members at the state NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai Local Government Area.
The Governor who was responding to the state NYSC Coordinator’s request for the state government to complement the effort of the scheme since the state Ministry of Lands and Surveys had allocated land to the scheme for the building, further announced a donation of an ambulance to the NYSC.
He used the forum to sympathise with the Scheme over a corps member who got drowned recently at Ibeno Beach and warned other corps members going on excursion to refrain from swimming in the Atlantic Ocean to avoid a re-occurrence of such a disaster.
Reading an address by President Goodluck Jonathan, he enjoined the corps members to redouble their efforts to get assimilated to the culture of their host communities calling on Nigerians to keep faith with the scheme.
The Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Monday Uko congratulated the corps members on the successful completion of their studies and urged them to refrain from immorality, cultism and alcoholism, among others but avail themselves with rich culture of the place they serve.
Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Lady Ngozi Chukwuka disclosed that 2,200 members made up of 1,229 males and 901 females were registered for the batch.
Chukwuka commended the governor for his support to the scheme especially in the increment of corps members’ state allowance, meal subsidy to corps members during orientation, provision of pavilion and donation of Hilux van.
The State Coordinator further appealed for the donation of ambulance vehicle and assistance for the development of their permanent secretariat.

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