By Ovie Okpare

Noble Chidera Akanwa, a serving corps member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Delta State has returned a missing phone worth N500,000.00 at the just concluded NYSC Camp in Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state.

Akanwa is one of the corps members deployed to the state for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) service year. He is a graduate of Computer Science from the Imo State University.

The exotic android phone worth N500,000.00 which had been missing was discovered by the corps member while returning to his lodge after viewing an English Premiership match at the camp.

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The corps member, a native of Mbeiri in Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State, thereafter decided to return the phone to the management of the NYSC to enable them return it to its owner.

Akanwa’s gesture has, however, received applauds from the authorities of NYSC in the state.

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Speaking at the closing ceremony of the orientation course at the NYSC Camp in Issele-Uku, state coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Omotade Ayodele commended the corps member and, urged other youths to emulate him.

Ayodele said the management of NYSC will further reward him with one month allowance (bonus) of N19,800.00 in addition to a letter of commendation that was presented to Akanwa, on behalf of the NYSC, by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who was represented by Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare.

Governor Okowa, in his remarks, stated that Akanwa displayed the patriotic spirit of a true Nigerian by returning the phone, and urged others to take a cue from him by always doing what is right at all time even when nobody watches.

He said the state government will continue to track his (Akanwa’s) activities in the state during the service year with a view to rewarding him in due course.

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The governor stressed that his administration is irrevocably committed to the welfare of corps members and its responsibilities to the NYSC, just as he admonished the Stream II corps members to respect the cultural norms and traditions of the host communities of their primary assignments.

“The differences between the people’s peculiar ways of life and the ones you are used to might be negligible. You have to assiduously learn to show understanding and adaptability as a way of justifying some of the reasons for the national service.

“Always remember that history will judge you based on the level of positive impact and contributions you record in the course of your service to fatherland,” he stated.


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