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  • Updated: January 27, 2023

NYSC Swears In 1,310 Corps Members In Bayelsa

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,310 corps members to Bayelsa State for the mandatory one-year national service as part of the 2023 Batch A, Stream 1.

During a swearing-in ceremony held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Boro Town, Governor Douye Diri assured the new corps members of adequate security and welfare.

Diri, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Dr Daniel Igali, praised the founders of the Service Corps and past administrations for sustaining the program, describing it as a champion of national unity and integration.

Upon welcoming the corps members to Bayelsa State, Governor Douye Diri emphasized the government's ongoing commitment to their security and welfare, as well as its ongoing support for the management of the NYSC program to achieve its objectives.

He encouraged the new corps members to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and effectively discharge their duties in various places of primary and secondary assignments.

“You are the hope of our nation as you represent the most educated, exposed and enlightened segment of youths in Nigeria.

“Other youths, including tertiary, secondary students as well as primary school pupils are looking up to you to provide quality leadership and mentorship that will transform Nigeria. You cannot afford to fail Nigeria,” the Governor urged.

He added: “Let me use this opportunity to enjoin those of you that will be participating as INEC Adhoc staff in the forthcoming general elections to be non-partisan and avoid all actions and omissions that will be detrimental to the smooth conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the state. Abide by all the electoral regulations and be security conscious at all times.”

The State Coordinator, Okpalifo Obiageli Charity, thanked the Governor, government, and people of Bayelsa State for their support of the NYSC and advised the new corps members to take their orientation course seriously in order to be prepared for optimum performance during and after their service year.

She said: “Your Excellency sir, I want to use this medium too, on behalf of the NYSC management and over 6000 corps members in the state, thank you for your support of the scheme. I have been reliably informed that the use of this Permanent Orientation Camp would not have been possible without your support.”

“I wish to specially mention your approval for fencing of the camp, construction of walkways within the camp and your directive for two additional hostels to be built on camp to address accommodation challenges. Indeed, sir, you have greatly motivated the Service Corps and corps members to serve Bayelsa State”.

Charity praised the Acting State Chief Judge for attending the event and thanked the Chairman of the NYSC State Governing Board, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on NYSC Matters, the Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA Chairman, the Paramount Rulers of the Kolokuma and Opokuma kingdoms, collaborating partners, and members of the press for their support of the NYSC. She advised the corps members to take their orientation course seriously as it is designed to adequately prepare them for optimal performance during and after their service year.

“During the course of this exercise, you will undergo drills, physical training, leadership training, lectures on your immediate environment and a variety of topics of national importance, skills acquisition training and socials.”She highlighted.

The Acting State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Maltide Abrakasa Ayemieye administered the National and NYSC Pledges to the corps members as one of the highlights of the event.

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