By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
A number of 1, 387 Batch ‘B’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to Borno State have begun their three weeks orientation in Bauchi State.
The NYSC members comprising of 770 males and 617 females graduates of various universities and Polytechnics were sworn-in at their Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College, Bauchi, venue of the orientation.
Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima has during the swearing-in ceremony, commended the Corps Members for their patriotic response to serve the nation and their commitment to adapt to a new environment.
Shettima, represented by the Secretary to the Borno State Government, Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa assured the Corps Members that despite the security challenges being faced in the North East sub-region, Bauchi remains peaceful.
The Governor told the NYSC members that they will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in Bauchi state, assuring further that “Bauchi state is peaceful and your security is guaranteed throughout the period of orientation”.
“There is no doubt we have security challenges in all parts of the country today. All necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that you have a peaceful and a hitch-free orientation course”, he said.
He urged the Corps Members to use the opportunity provided by the NYSC scheme to be prepared mentally, physically and otherwise for the challenges ahead, and commended the Borno State NYSC for its prompt preparations to the corps members to feel comfortable at the Bauchi camp before their deployment to various places where they will serve.
Borno State NYSC coordinator, Alhaji Lawal Turawa had in a welcome address congratulated the Corps Members for the successful completion of their academic programmes which qualifies them to be mobilized for the scheme.
Turawa reminded them about the challenges that lie ahead after their three weeks orientation programme which, he said, was designed to prepare and instill in them leadership qualities for future challenges.
“I also charge you to offer yourselves to be part of the training programmes as you stand to gain from the lessons in the years ahead. More so, efforts are on now by government at all levels to redirect the minds of youths to shun activities that are militating against the growth and progress of the country”, he said.
The Chairman of Borno State NYSC governing board, Alhaji Alkali Bulama informed the corps members’ that their induction into the NYSC scheme is to prepare them to champion the cause of national development.
“By attaining to this goal, you have no doubt written your names on the sands of time. I therefore congratulate you for this wonderful achievement. I’m also happy at your sense of patriotism and enthusiasm as demonstrated by your prompt reporting to this Orientation Camp”, Bulama said.