Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
In line with the Cross River State government’s resolve to maintain clean environment, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in the state has concluded a four day environmental sanitation exercise.
Flagging off the event at Calabar Municipal, the state commissioner for youth and skill acquisition, Signor Omang Idiege who spoke through the Head of Local Government Administration, HOLGA, Godwin Ayendi acknowledged the efforts of the scheme in creating awareness on environmental cleanliness.
He emphasized the importance of the NYSC scheme, saying in a time when the country was faced with various challenges, the NYSC played a vital role in keeping the unity of the country intact.
He said: “I want to say that Nigeria as a nation is at the moment passing through many difficult times, we don’t need anybody to tell us. And when we examine the various facets of this nation as it is today, the NYSC remains the only version of unity in Nigeria. It is a matter of concern that of late, some persons have been calling for the scrapping of the NYSC. I want to say emphatically on behalf of Calabar Municipal council government led by High Chief Effeffiong Nta Eke, that such calls are misplaced”.
“If anything, NYSC should be strengthened with more funding and should be strengthened with more provision for Corps Members. In our days when we served, we enjoyed much more privileges than Corpers get today. We would like to see the NYSC be as vibrant and well funded as it was in the beginning. Be that as it may, I want to commend the leadership of NYSC nationwide for instituting this programme of cleaning the environment to ensure environmental health and cleanliness.
Also speaking, NYSC Cross River State Coordinator, Mohammed Nakamba who was represented by the Assistant Director in charge of Relocation and Deployment, Dimma Anyacho revealed that the event is a fall out of the last NYSC programme which was tagged health initiative for rural dwellers as the scheme found out that many of the health case could have been abated if the communities had clean environments and clean water.
“The activity is a fall out from the health initiative for rural dwelers. In that programme there were free health treatments for rural dwellers, the last one we held here was in June in Adiagbo Community and after analysis it was found out that many of the health cases could have been averted with better environment; clean water and smooth environment, so is actually what has brought this and because NYSC is for unity and progress, the NYSC keys into activities of the state.”