By Nwamara Asonye, Umuahia
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said that to achieve the purpose of building a united nation, Nigerians must encourage and develop uncommon ties among the youths.
This, he acknowledged, should be achieved through the promotion of national unity and development of the dynamic economy,
The governor represented by the Governing Council Chairman of the Abia NYSC Board and Commissioner for Youth Development, Barr. Charles Esonu said during the 2021 NYSC Corps Employers Workshop at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia that Nigeria youths must always work hard in order to succeed.
The theme of the workshop is: “optimizing the NYSC/Corps Employers Partnership for National Development in the Content of the New Normal”. It also featured the display of cultural heritage by Corps members.
Ikpeazu who highlighted the core mandate of the service corps which today is the biggest youth mobilization agency in Africa, charged the corps members to employ useful skills in the development of the new normal.
In his speech while declaring the workshop open, the NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim represented by Mrs Favour Udonte, Deputy Director South East Area office, Enugu reemphasised the scheme’s resolve in positioning the young men and women on the National Service as change agents and key contributors to the development of the nation.
He argued that since the inception of the scheme, the NYSC management and Corps Employers’ forum have greatly assisted and aided both parties to continually enhance their capacity for effective engagement of corps members.
He made clear the emphasis on the youths’ collective roles towards sustaining the impact of the scheme in the face of advent of the Coronavirus, called COVID-19.
In his welcome address earlier, Mr Denis Jingi, NYSC Abia State Coordinator disclosed that the annual event was used to equip stakeholders and corps members with the necessary tools to manage and utilize the creative potentials of the corps members through provision of adequate welfare packages.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.