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Buhari urges corps members to campaign for behavioural change


Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has urged corps members to create enlightenment platforms at the grassroots level to campaign for behavioral change during their service year.

The president made the appeal in a message to the swearing in of the Batch `A’ corps members for 2016 at Wailo in Bauchi on Friday.

He said such platforms should be used to launch campaign against ‘quick money syndrome’ and other societal vices peculiar to the youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the message was read on behalf of the president by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Alhaji Ibrahim Madaki.

Buhari said the campaign should also be extended to cover cyber crime, cultural reorientation and armed robbery.

According to the president, the corps members should take the advantage of the various schemes of the NYSC, including the entrepreneurship and skills acquisition programmes, to become a source of employment for the people.

“The Federal Government is determined to consolidate on the existing infrastructures and also open up new frontiers to engage youths in enterprises that can generate substantial employment opportunities”, the president said.

State Coordinator, NYSC, Malam Musa Abubakar, said the orientation was the first step of introducing corps members into their service year.

He urged them to be law-abiding and to become acquainted with the various activities lined up for them.

NAN also reports that 1,800 corps members were inducted.

In Rivers, corps members were urged to integrate themselves with the people of the state.

Mr Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to Rivers Government and Chairman, state NYSC Governing Board, made the call at the swearing-in of 1,843 Batch ‘A’ corps members deployed to the state for 2016.
He spoke at the Orientation camp at Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area.
He assured that Rivers state has been and will remain a very hospitable state.

”You will be introduced to culture and language of the people in the course of this programme.

”If you quickly acclimatize and integrate yourselves with the people, you will, no doubt have a fruitful service year.

Kobani, represented by Mr George Nweke, Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau, urged the corps members to obey all camp rules and regulations, and respect the officials.

Mrs Ngozi Nwatarali, NYSC State Coordinator the orientation would provide physical, emotional and psychological reconditioning of corps members to enable them to meet the challenges of the service year and beyond.

According to the director, the orientation period is designed to foster cooperation and understanding among corps members.

“It provides an ideal environment for the comprehensive distillation of ideas towards enhancing national integration and development”, she said. (NAN)

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