By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Corps members deployed to Adamawa State have been charged to take advantage of the various skill acquisition programmes offered by the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) in order to acquire useful skills and to become employers of labour.
The Acting Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Christy Uba, made the remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of of the 2022 Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members at the Yola, orientation Camp on Wednesday.
Uba said, white collar jobs are no longer available, hence young graduates have to reinvent themselves to become job creators.
She equally urged the corps members to take advantage of their posting to Adamawa to get a broader view of Nigeria and its various cultures and diversity in order to contribute their quota to national unity, integration and development.
Christy Uba, who was represented by the State Coordinator of the Corps, Jingi Dennis, said, the NYSC, is an opportunity for Nigerian graduates to reinvent themselves by learning skills to become job creators and improve the society moving forward.
“I commend your patriotic disposition as demonstrated in your readiness to participate in the Orientation exercise.
“It is designed to prepare you for the tasks of the service year through trainings on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, leadership coaching, paramilitary drills and other physical activities, as well as sensitization on topical national issues, amongst others. It is also an avenue that provides the opportunity for you to realise your potentials and attain individual feats both during and after the service year.
“Therefore, I encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunities for self-employment offered through the You are expected to choose from any of the skill areas, and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the Orientation Camp.
“I, therefore, enjoin you to take advantage of this golden opportunity to participate in all the Camp activities.”, She stated.
The acting DG said, one of the objectives of NYSC is to promote national unity and integration and that is why graduates are posted to states other than the state of their origin.
“Your assemblage from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds is in pursuant to this noble objective.
“This will not only offer you the opportunity for a broader understanding of the country, but also entrench the culture of working together in an atmosphere filled with friendship, peace, harmony, and a shared vision of a great and prosperous Nigeria, ” Christy said.
The DG used the opportunity to task the corp members on the use of social media urging them to use their social media handles to promote national development instead of spreading fake news.
She also called on stakeholders and all Nigerians to support the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund which is already awaiting accent by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking with New Nigerian, a corps member, Azibuike Valantine, from Imo State, said, “When I saw my posting to Adamawa, I screamed in fear because I have never been to the North, but being here has changed my perception completely.
“It is a lovely place and I love it, and for me, it is just a stepping stone for great things to come and I believe many of our corps members feel this way too.”
Another corps member, Ohere Deborah, a graduate of Architecture from Delta State, said, “I was shocked at first when I realized I was posted to Adamawa State but right now I can confidently tell you that I have no regrets at all.
“Since arriving here, the people have been so friendly and we have been well received and treated very kindly.
“It is a good experience for me because as an architect, I am ready to explore and if Adamawa has anything for me, I am ready to take it.”
The highpoint of the occasion was the administering of the oath of allegiance for the Corp members by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman, who was represented by a judge of the High Court, Justice Helen Hamanjoda.
New Nigerian reports that about 1,000 corps members were administered oath and admitted into the Batch C Stream 2 of corps members.