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Governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has called on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to defend the unity and progress of Nigeria.
The State helmsman stated this Friday during the swearing- in of 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream (11) corps members deployed to Imo State at the permanent Camp,Eziama Obaire,Nkwere Local Government Area
According to the governor,defending Nigeria’s unity is for their good and that of every Nigerian.
Continuing,he said the NYSC remains the true symbol of the nation’s unity, brotherhood and integration.
The governor who was represented by Mr. Basil Aharanwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, said the government holds corps members very high and as important stakeholders in the country’s quest for a better life for the people.
“The nation is ours; we must do everything possible to defend its unity for our own good.
“I implore you, as you join the scheme today, to reach out to the people of your host community in your little way to promote the unity and well being of the people you will be exposed to,” he said.
While congratulating the corps members, governor Okorocha implore them to avoid hate speeches, divisive comments, unnecessary bickering and rumour mongering, but to remain disciplined, focused, steadfast and law abiding.
He maintained that the State government would not stop at rewarding hard work and impacts made by corps members in the course of their stay in the state.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Mr James Olugbodi earlier informed the corps members that the programme is structured to adequately prepare them for the task ahead, particularly against the rigours of the service year.
He said that 1,515 corps members were posted to the state comprising 777 males and 738 females.
Olugbodi expressed deep appreciation to the Imo Government for the things done for the NYSC in the state, particularly the construction of water borehole and the ongoing construction of additional hostels in the orientation camp.
The corps members later swore to oath of allegiance administered to them by the Chief Judge of Imo, Justice Pascal Nnadi, represented by Justice Fred Njemanze.