GOV. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo has called on corps members to be veritable agents for rapid development of agriculture to improve conditions of living in Nigeria.
Ihedioha made the call on Monday at the official closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream 11 corps members deployed to Imo at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr Okechukwu Umez-Eronini, who is also the State Chairman of NYSC Governing Board.
The governor stressed the need to diversify the country’s economic base, adding that importance of agriculture to the growth of Nigeria’s economy could not be over emphasised.
He advised the NYSC to make painstaking efforts to establish farm settlements in selected local government areas in a bid to boost food production and create the needed employment for the people.
He urged the corps members to be extra vigilant and security conscious and report to the law enforcement authorities in their locality when they noticed any unusual occurrence or movement of strange individuals.
Ihedioha commended the NYSC management, board and critical partners and the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre for their contributions to the successes recorded at the end of the orientation course.
He also commended the scheme for living up to the expectations in the state, saying government would continue to provide the necessary support, assistance and enabling environment for the NYSC to realise its goals.
The governor charged the corps members to put their experiences at the camp to bear, add value and contribute their quota to the Rebuild Imo Policy Initiative, which he said, encompassed environmental sustenance, rule of law, job creation and due process aside others.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr John Eloeboh, said the corps members had been richly empowered to begin their primary assignment to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the state.
He appealed to the governor to consider the resumption of payment of state allowances to corps members in the state to motivate them to higher productivity.
Eloeboh advised the corps members to be loyal, disciplined, dedicated and resourceful and mix freely with the people of their host communities without fear or hindrance.
“I enjoin you to make concerted efforts to identify the people’s need in your host community and make diligent effort to solve the felt needs using the Community Development Service (CDC) programme as a tool,” he said.
The NYSC boss in the state also enjoined the corps members to kick start their post Skills Acquisition Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme in their host local governments in order not to waste the training acquired in the camp.
He commended all the stakeholders, the personnel of collaborating agencies, indigenes of the host communities and NYSC staff for the success of the orientation course. (NAN)
– Sept. 10, 2019 @ 15:35 GMT |