Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has frowned on cases of rejection and under-utilisation of members of the National Youth Service Corps by employers in the state.
Speaking during the opening of a one-day workshop for corps members held in Yenagoa, the state capital, the governor also kicked against the unfriendly attitude of some employers toward the youths on national assignment.
Dickson said the state government would continue to provide corps members posted to the state with adequate security and to take care of their welfare.
He said this was necessary because the contributions of corps members to various sectors of the Bayelsa’s economy were crucial to government’s drive to make the state a centre of attraction.
Dickson, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, NYSC State Governing Board, Mr. Kemela Okara, urged employers and community leaders to assist the government in providing a conducive environment for corps members to discharge their responsibilities.
He noted that having a cordial relationship and paying attention to the needs of the corps members would help them to settle down to their respective duties.
Thanking former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), for establishing the NYSC scheme, Dickson urged corps members to justify the essence of the scheme by imbibing the ideals of discipline, patriotism, hard work and commitment to duty in order to excel in whatever ventures they undertook.
In her speech, the state Coordinator, Mrs Loto Bolade, said the workshop, themed ‘Tackling emerging challenges in youth corps administration through greater NYSC/stakeholders participation’, was aimed at engaging employers on the need to address the challenges facing the scheme, as well as to chart a new course for the NYSC in Bayelsa.
Loto, however, noted that despite the introduction of information and communication technology in all aspects of the scheme’s operations, some corps employers had yet to key into the various innovation of the scheme due to lack of adequate information.
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