NYSC swears in 1,565 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Corps members in Akwa Ibom


The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has sworn in a total of 1,565 corps members of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 in Akwa Ibom State.

The 1,565 Corps members are made up of 703 males and 862 females.

Administering the oath of allegiance on the Corps members, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ekaette Obot represented by Justice Gabriel Ette charged them to be law-abiding and not to engage in activities that would endanger their lives.

In her address, the NYSC State Coordinator, Chinyere Ekwe congratulated the Corps members for the successful swearing-in ceremony and intimated them on the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the NYSC saying that it was packaged to provide them with a veritable platform to overcome post service year challenges of unemployment even as she encouraged them to key into it and take the in-camp SAED training very seriously.

She also commended all heads of security organisations in the state and other collaborating agencies for their maximum support and synergy to the NYSC, adding that it has contributed to the successful implementation of their programmes.

According to her, “Your Excellency Sir, a total of 1,565 corps members made up of 703 males and 862 females have been registered. Sir, I am glad to inform you that these young Nigerians have quickly adjusted to the regimented life in the camp.

“Excellency Sir, we remain grateful for the unwavering interest of the State Government in the Scheme, of note is the regular provision of cash for corps members for their transportation fare, refreshments to corps members and camp officials during orientation and regular payment of corps allowances in the State during their national service.”

While attributing the desire by prospective corps members to serve in Akwa Ibom to a peaceful environment and welfare packages provided by the state government, Mrs Ekwe promised to continue to support all its policies and programmes.

She, however, appreciated Dr Jeremiah Udoh, an indigene of Obon Ukwa Community for single-handedly building a twin-storey building of 22 self-contained apartments and 2 common rooms, furnished with beddings, curtains, reading tables, chairs, upholstery seats and kitchen utensils for corps members serving at Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Obon Ukwa, his alma mater and urged others to emulate the gesture.

Ekwe also urged the state government to intervene in confronting the dilapidated infrastructural facilities and the lack of power supply from the national grid in the camp.

Her words, “May I at this juncture inform our amiable Governor that our camp is faced with myriads of challenges which require immediate attention. The daunting challenges confronting us are the dilapidated infrastructural facilities, inadequate and dilapidated hostels, and lack of power supply from the national grid for the past 2 years which has resulted in sole dependency on diesel and fuel for the running of generating set to supply light as well as pump water for the camp needs. The cost implication of these challenges is enormous on our lean resources.

“Furthermore, the camp is in total darkness after light out which poses a serious security risk. The solar energy light installed by the State Coordinator is grossly inadequate to illuminate the entire camp. In addition, the chairs are inadequate to accommodate the increasing number of corps members being posted to the state.”

The Commissioner of Police, CP Olatoye Durosinmi in his goodwill message assured the corps members of safety and urged them not to join cults or any activity that would endanger their lives

“Do not join cultism or engage in drugs to enhance your energy while in your place of primary assignment. Endeavour to write your name in gold by making a positive impact. Say no to travelling, we have lost so many people that means I want to assure you that you are in safe hands. We will do our best to protect your lives.” The Commissioner reassured.

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