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NYSC Bayelsa State Sworn-in Over 1301 Prospective Corps Members
The Wing of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Bayelsa State, has on Tuesday, sworn in a total number of over 1301, 2023 Batch C, Stream 1 Prospective Corps Members (PCMs).
The swearing-in ceremony has the attendance of the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, represented by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on NYSC, Honourable Wisdom Poyeri; HRM, King Agara Onya Mozi, the Ibinaowei of Kolokuma and the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Matilda Ayemieye.
The State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Okpalifo Obiageli; the Camp Director, Mr Killa Adegboyega; Camp Commander, NYSC Camp Officials among others were also among those that graced the anticipated occasion.
In his speech, the Executive Governor of the State, congratulated the newly-sworn-in Corps Members on their academic successes that qualified them to be mobilised for national service.
Honourable Poyeri in the words of the Governor, enjoined the newly-sworn-in Corps members to participate in all camp activities because they are all carefully planned “to equip,” them “with the ideals of good citizenship and leadership,” he said.
Governor Diri added that “NYSC remains NYSC” because “it is the symbol of national unity and integration,” and should be thoroughly preserved as one by the corps members.
The Governor expressed his passion for the activities and welfare of the Youth corps members, adding that “as a Governor, God has helped,” him, “to demonstrate that the NYSC is dear to,” his, “heart.
“This is evidenced,” he added, “by the infrastructural renovation and commissioning of this Permanent Orientation Camp Facility which was officially,” inaugurated, ” and handed over to the service corps.”
He urged the Secretary to the State Government/Chairman and the NYSC State Governing Board to “liase with the NYSC to ensure that the corps members discharge their duties without any hindrance.”
He, as well, charged the local government council chairmen to continue their support for the youth corps.
Worthy of note, in a separate interview, Honourable Wisdom Poyeri, advised the youth corps members, in the light of the upcoming election, to be neutral and shun all forms of corrupt practices that may endanger their national assignments.
The Bayelsa State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Okpalifo Obiageli, in a discrete address, as well, said that a total of 1561 prospective corps members were deployed to the State and at the end of the registration, a total number of 1301 were registered with 696 males and 597 females.
Having encouraged the corps members to attend to all training, Mrs Obiageli, actively advised that those with health issues should promptly “notify the camp management to enable them to take appropriate measures,” necessary.
Ahead of the coming election in Bayelsa State, Mrs Obiageli proudly reiterated that corps members have been sensitised on the national and the state levels, citing that corps members already know the code of conducts and will not trespass.
“Our corps members have been sensitised on the national and the state levels to know the code of conducts as regards to the election. And also to,” display, “the code of NYSC which is Patriotism, Integrity, Efficiency, Commitment and Teamwork.
“We’ve sensitised them and we believe they’re going to do the needful,” Mrs Obiageli, said.
She also assured safety for the Corps Members and said that national officials of the NYSC will visit the state on Thursday to further sensitise the Corps Members on what to do during elections.
Mrs Okpalifo Obiageli, however, commended the hardwork of the camp officials for their “dedication and selflessness to,” their “assigned duties.”
The swearing-in ceremony of the corps members was conducted by the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Matilda Ayemieye, with all the corps members girded in their regalia, taking the oath of an allegiance and ten representatives of the 10 platoons signing the oath in front of the Justice Ayemieye.