Photo of Corps members used to demonstrate the event.

By Kufre Etuk – Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has warned corps members against acts capable of endangering peaceful coexistence and national unity in the country.

Mr. Emmanuel stated this at the NYSC permanent orientation camp Ikot Itie Udung during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch C stream 2 corps members deployed to the state.

Represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Mary Ukoette Bassey , the Governor maintained that as young Nigerians and future leaders, they should guard their minds against negative narratives that will not promote unity and development.

Strive to protect national unity - Governor Emmanuel tells corps members Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.

He noted that the active participation of the corps members in camp activities especially in the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes will help redefine their vision and ignite a new zeal of success at their places of assignment.

As part of efforts to ensure a vibrant and robust educational sector in the state, he urged stakeholders, principals of secondary schools and local education committees to cooperate, support, accommodate and engage the corps members meaningfully in the community development service programme.

“I have a sincere conviction that your three weeks stay in the camp have indeed conditioned your mindset toward a selfless service to our dear country , Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State in particular.

“You should endeavour to co-exist mutually with your host communities and refrain from any action that will offend their sensibilities.

“Akwa Ibom state remains a peaceful state and I am very confident that you will enjoy your stay in this land of promise and fulfilment.

“The Community Development Service (CDS) programme is an integral part of national service. It is therefore, expected that you will strive to make your marks in the area of CDS during your one year stay in the state”.

The Governor while appreciating the chairman state NYSC governing board and Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko for his robust relationship and concerted effort in giving the scheme a good direction in the state, assured the NYSC management that his administration will not rest on it oars in seeing that all on-going projects will be completed before the 2020 Batch ‘A’ orientation course.

Earlier in his address, the state coordinator of NYSC Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Amusan, O.J. admonished the corps members to take their posting in good faith and leverage on the right to offer useful and diligent services to the people.

Mr. Amusan attested that the three weeks in camp have been very eventful in the lives of the corps members, challenging them to utilize the lessons they have learnt, friendship made to expand their horizon.

According to him, “It is my firm belief that all these will serve as influencers on the corps participants toward adding values to their various communities of posting”.

Amusan commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for creating an enabling environment for the scheme to thrive in the state, the chairman state NYSC governing board, Commissioner for youth and sports, Sir Monday Uko, the Paramount Ruler of the area, His Royal Majesty Edidem Peter Okon Effiong and others dignitaries who graced the closing ceremony.