Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state has directed government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state not to reject corp members posted to them for their primary assignments.
Governor Chime gave the directive through his deputy, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi in an address at the closing ceremony of the 2013 NYSC Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course for corp members posted to the state at their camp in Awgu.
The governor stressed that the state government policy on the acceptance of corp members was still in force to ensure that the objective of the scheme, which is principally to foster unity was actualized.
He commended the corps members for maintaining high level discipline throughout their orientation course, urging them to maintain same in their places of primary assignments.
The governor enjoined the corps members to regard places of their primary assignment as their homes with a view to improving the lives of the people through their activities.
In a brief address, the Chairman NYSC Governing Board, Enugu State and the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Chijioke Agu, represented by a Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Joseph Omeh, enjoined the corp members to strive to make their contributions towards the realization of the objectives of the NYSC Scheme.
He reminded them that their predecessors in the state had left behind laudable legacies which must be sustained and improved upon.
The Chairman urged the corps members to take the community development aspect of their service year seriously with a view to improving on the lives of the people.
The Commissioner appealed to government agencies, individuals and organizations to assist corp member in funding and executing developmental projects in the places of their primary assignments.
He advised the corp members to avoid the temptation of embarking on frequent unauthorized journeys to reduce chances of their involvement in road mishaps.
Earlier in an address, the Enugu State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Hilary Nasamu enjoined the corp members to be humble and respect the cultures of their host communities in order to facilitate their easy integration and acceptance by the community.
He explained that 81.7% of the corps members were posted to rural areas as well as the four key sectors of education, rural health, infrastructure and agriculture in line with the policy directive of the Federal Government on posting of corps members.
According to him, there is hope that this deployment pattern would accelerate rural transformation and national development.
The coordinator commended the state government for its assistance to the NYSC Awgu camp, especially in areas of infrastructural development.
He, however, disclosed that the peculiar circumstances of the orientation camp are assuming a formidable challenge, giving the increasing number of corps members deployed annually. He enumerated some of the challenges as perennial water shortage and lack of Assembly/Lecture Hall among others.
In a brief remark the Chairman Awgu local government council, Mr. Nathanus Nnanna Nze reminded the corps members that majority of them would be posted to rural communities, urging them to respect and appreciate the peoples’ culture and tradition.
He assured them of an enabling environment and adequate security in their places of primary assignment to enable them discharges their duties without hindrances.