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Use service year to contribute to nation-building, Gov. Yahaya urges corps members


Use service year to contribute to nation-building, Gov. Yahaya urges corps members

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, on Friday tasked National Youth Service Corps (NSYC) members in the state to use their service year to contribute to the development of the state and the nation at large.

Yahaya made the call during the swearing-in ceremony of 731 Batch ‘B’ Stream I corps members, at the temporary orientation camp in Amada community of Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.

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He stated that nation-building was a task that needed collective efforts, hence the call on corps members to play their part using the service year.

The governor assured that his administration would ensure an environment conducive for corps members to effectively serve their fatherland by ensuring the security and welfare of corps members deployed to the state.

“Gentlemen corps members, I enjoin you to see the one year service as an avenue to contribute meaningfully to nation-building through selfless service.

“Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can for your country; unless we begin to think in that direction, the much envisaged change will never be realised.”

Yahaya, who was represented by acting Head of Civil Service Kassim Abdullahi, said his administration was committed to the safety of lives and property of all residents of the state.

“We will ensure the security, welfare and well-being of every corps member deployed to the State.

“We shall continue to collaborate with security agencies in the state to ensure security within and outside the camp for your safety.”

According to Yahaya, the NYSC has been known for hard work, resilience and dedication, hence he charged them to uphold the ideals of the scheme while serving in the state.

“Let me begin by congratulating the NYSC on attaining 50 years of resilience, hard work, and dedication to its set objectives and being at the forefront of fostering national unity, integration and cohesion, despite challenges.

“I will like to welcome, most warmly, our energetic and educated youths who have answered the clarion call to serve our nation under the sun or in the rain, with dedication and selflessness”.

On his part, the NYSC Gombe State Coordinator Dawut Jidda commended the state government’s contributions to the NYSC .

Jidda urged the government to give the temporary orientation camp a facelift, pending the completion of the permanent site at Boltongo in Yalmatu/Deba LGA.

He also tasked corps members to cultivate the habit of reading during their service year.

“I urge you all to cultivate the habit of reading publications like the NYSC Act, Bye-laws, Director-General’s message, Orientation and service guide and ABC of Community Development Service, among others.

He stated that doing that would help equip corps members with the necessary information they need to survive the exercise and the service year.

Our Correspondent reports that the Batch ‘B’ Stream I corps members comprised 391 males and 340 females were sworn-in for their orientation course.

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