Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
THE Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, yesterday charged youths to shun unhealthy conducts and become patriotic members of the society.
Wike gave this charge at the permanent orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps at Nonwa/Gbam Tai, in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers state while welcoming over 2940 Corps members for the Batch B stream II camping.
Speaking through the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani, Wike noted that the essence of the programme was to reorient the youths to work in line with developmental agenda of the government.
Wike said: “The one year ahead holds a lot of challenges as you will be required to join the current efforts of government in the mobilization and sensitisation of your host communities toward understanding and embracing our reform programmes.
“Your skills and services will be required in our continuous fight against HIV/AIDS scourge, provision of free legal service to the less privileged, sensitisation of the public on fundamental human rights, enhancing the education standard of your host communities.
“Promoting and sustaining healthy environment, promoting and providing medical services to rural dwellers, supporting agro allied activities in your host communities, creating awareness on disaster management among other things.”
Wike urged the corps members to make effort that would stand the test of time during their service year in the communities.
He admonished them to be hardworking, and dedicated to the national assignment, noting that state would provide the needed support for the success of the programme.
“I expect you to build on the legacies your predecessors have left in the interest of our country. I enjoin you to exhibit the highest level of loyalty, dedication, discipline and commitment to the nation.
“You must take a personal decision to abandon any past unhealthy conduct and disposition and become hardworking, forward-looking, caring, motivated and patriotic members of the society,” Wike advised.
Meanwhile, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Omotayo Adewoye, applauded the efforts of the government in getting the camp ground ready for the exercise.
Odewoye disclosed that at the close of registration on Wednesday night that 2940 youths comprising of 1106 males and 1830 female were registered adding that more corps members deployed in the state were yet to be registered.