By Peterson Ibi/Benin
The Acting Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has warned national youth corps members deployed to the state to aviod unnecessary journies so as to stay alive and serve the nation during their service year.
This is even as he advised the corps members to shun all forms of violence that can impede development and progress, adding that the nation and Edo state is undergoing various reforms and developmental challenges in the polity.
He gave the warning Tuesday, during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘A’ NYSC orientation course for corps members at Okada, Ovia North-East local government area of the State.
He noted that “many corps members have lost their lives through preventable road accidents.”
The Acting Governor who was represented by the state commissioner for Youth and Special Duties, Mika Amanokha, reminded them that “the nation and your parents have invested much in you and are waiting to reap the dividends.”
He however commended the NYSC for introducing and making the skill acquisition programme compulsory for corps members during their service year.
He noted that “the programme is in line with the federal government’s policy of equipping young graduates with necessary skills to boost self- reliance and enhance entrepreneurship which serve as catalyst for our industralise development.”
Earlier, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Adebayo Clement Ojo, disclosed that corps members have been fully equipped to render rewarding services at their respective places of primary assignment for the development of the state and the nation.
He also advised them to take the skill acquisition training they learned in camp seriously by continuing with post-camp arrangement with the trainers.
While commending the state governor and other stakeholders in the state for supporting the service, he appealed for support to corps members to enable them settle down quickly and deliver rewarding service to their hosts.