AWKA – Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has urged the Federal Government to seek creative ways of preserving the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) without exposing youths to life-threatening situations.
Obiano made the call when he declared open the 2014 Batch “B” Pre-Orientation workshop held in Awka on Wednesday.
“I have been thoroughly impressed with the increasing relevance of this scheme to our efforts in nation building.
“The recent involvement of NYSC members in the conduct of elections in some parts of the country has largely contributed to the impressive results that Nigerians have widely applauded as credible.
“Although the activities of insurgents in some parts of the country have led to a growing call to review the NYSC scheme.
“I am of the considered view that Nigeria must seek creative ways to preserve this great tool of national unity and cohesion.”
The governor said that his administration would continue to support the scheme, adding that the ongoing construction work at the permanent site of the NYSC had recorded significant progress.
He announced that he had approved the donation of a bus, an ambulance and life vests to corps members posted to riverine areas of the state for their primary assignment.
Obiano also announced the donation of N500, 000 to the state NYSC Dance and Cultural Group for coming second at the NYSC national competition in Abuja recently.
In his address, NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, said the workshop was to x-ray the past orientation course and come up with practical and workable solutions for improved service delivery.
“A forum like this is necessary since the orientation programme provides the opportunity to imbibe the core values of patriotism, integrity, efficiency, commitment and teamwork in corps members.
“This informed the theme of the workshop – Strengthening Core Values of the Scheme for the Enhancement of National Consciousness in Corps Members,” he explained.
Participants in the workshop were drawn from top NYSC managers, Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Nigeria Red Cross Society, among others. (NAN)