Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Corps Members deployed to Cross River State for their one year mandatory national youth service have been reminded of the need to be good ambassadors of the scheme and the nation at large. Coordinator of NYSC in Cross River, Mohammed Nakamba said this while declaring the 2021 Batch ‘A’, Stream1 Orientation course open.
Speaking on the essence of establishing the scheme, the coordinator who presided over the swearing in ceremony said the scheme was a tool for promoting national unity and integration. He admonished the corps members to interact freely across all cultural backgrounds, adding that they should see themselves as one and do away with every prejudice held against any tribe.
He also urged them to maintain all COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. He said: “Most Nigerians believe that the Coronavirus is a scam but you must understand that we are talking about your safety. COVID-19 is real and you must adhere strictly to the protocols; that’s why you were all tested before you were allowed into the camp. You must wear your nose mask at all times, maintain social distancing and wash your hands regularly.
“Let me also inform you that the NYSC scheme does not condone any form of misconduct. You must be responsible at all times and ensure that you contribute towards the the developmental strides of the nation”.
Nakamba also commended the federal and state governments for the ongoing erosion control works and renovation of some facilities at the orientation camp.
The ceremony which held at the state’s NYSC permanent orientation camp in Obubra saw 1, 100 corps members take oath of allegiance which was administered by the chief judge of Cross River State, Justice Akon Ikpeme who was represented by the judge of Obubra High Court, Justice Emmanuel Ubua.
Recounting their joy to TNN after the event, corps members promised to be good ambassadors of the scheme. They explained that the programme will give them the platform to learn new cultures and way of life.
According to Catherine Jeremiah, a graduate of Agriculture (Animal Science) from the Kogi State University; “After the prolonged stay at home occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am happy to be serving my county right now. The service year is going to give me the opportunity to acquire one or two skills from the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED programme of the NYSC scheme”.