Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Thursday said that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme has contributed immensely to the development of rural areas.
Wike stated this during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, NAN reports.
The Rivers governor, represented by Dr Tammy Danagogo, Secretary to the Rivers Government, said that the scheme was a veritable vehicle for mobilising educated Nigerian youths towards national re-orientation and rebirth.
He said that corps members had over the years contributed their quota in development through various Community Development Service (CDS) projects.
“These projects initiated and executed are in the areas of education, agriculture, healthcare delivery and rural infrastructure, so you are charged to do same in your own time,” he said.
Wike commended the management of the NYSC for its efforts in improving the operations of the scheme to make corps members self employed at the end of the service year.
He urged the corps members to take advantage of the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to be self-reliant.
Earlier in his address, Mr Chiwendu Chukwu, NYSC Coordinator in Rivers, disclosed that a total of 2,626 corps members have reported and registered for the orientation.
Chukwu said that 1,377 out of the total registered corps members were females while 1,249 were males.
He thanked the Rivers government for its commitment and support to the scheme.
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