Gov. Godswill Akpabio, like his colleagues nationwide, almost always attends the swearing-in ceremony of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by proxy. Members of the Batch A corps members posted this year to Akwa Ibom were however lucky to have the governor not only attend their function in person, but to also dole out a lot of incentives to aid the operations of their permanent orientation camp at Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of the state.
The governor at the swearing-in ceremony announced incentives to include new coaster bus, armored cables to link the camp generator in case of power outage and a directive for tarring of internal roads in the camp.
It was a follow-up to last year’s incentives where the state government had constructed three accommodation blocks, equipped with facilities, linked the camp to national grid and provided a standby generator, among other things.
Akpabio enthused ‘’I welcome you all to Akwa Ibom State which is the Land of Promise and peace. I urge you after the orientation camp to make a tour of the state to discover the rich cuisines of the place. Go to Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Uyo which is a tourist delight at the 12th floor nor and watch modern films in the world. I want you to be fully integrated into the state.
‘’My visit today will give the camp a new look. Last year, I was here, you can see the infrastructure- buildings wearing red roofs and electricity supply. I promise today to provide armoured cables for use in linking to the national grid in case of power outage and for you to live here in comfort. I promise to provide a brand new coaster bus to aid corps members going for outing. I hereby direct the Commissioner for Works to commence the tarring of the internal roads so that by the time I come next year, the camp will look different’’, he stated.
Reading an address of President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Akpabio lauded the out-going corps members for their sacrifices to the enthronment of democracy during the last general elections in the country.
Jonathan enjoined them to take the training and other aspects during the orientation exercise seriously in order to adequately equip themselves or self-employment after the youth service.
Observing that Federal Government would continue to create the enabling environment for youths to maximize their potentials, Jonathan appealed to them to keep faith with the ideals of NYSC scheme by providing the requisite support to enhance the scheme capacity to delivering its core mandate.
He recalled that over the years, NYSC as lived up to the vision in impacting positively the national development process especially in the rural areas through community development projects embarked upon by their predecessors.
The President, therefore, charged the corps members to freely identify with the host communities and pledged his administration resolve to provide cohesive environment and jobs for the teeming youths in the country.
The Chairman of the state Governing Board, Pastor Oyong Asukwo congratulated the corps members on their successful induction and lauded the positive contributions made by their predecessors.
Asukwo who is also the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports lauded the state government for always coming to the aid of the camp, and urged the corps members to be of good behavior throughout their stay in the state.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Aniefiok N. Okpongete who said the orientation program me started last week in the federation thanked the state Governor for his numerous assistance to the scheme in the state, appealing for the provision of a coaster bus, armored cables and tarring of internal roads in the camp.
A total of 3,000 corps members took oath of office administered by the a High Court Judge, Hon. Ime Umanah.