Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has charged youth corp members in the state to free their minds of all misconception and cultivate healthy relationship with the people in the communities.
The governor gave the charge on Tuesday in his address at the closing ceremony of orientation exercise for the 2023 Batch ‘A’ Stream II corp members deployed to Delta held at the NYSC orientation camp, Issele-Uku, Aniocha North LGA.
Okowa, represented by Mr. Henry Onyeukwu, Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Cabinet and Administration, Governor’s Office, Asaba, said the orientation exercise was designed to instil discipline, tolerance and ability to live harmoniously with others.
“As you take the next step in your service year, I urge you to free your mind of any misconception that you might have about the service.
“Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, I urge you to take time in studying, understanding and appreciating the cultural norms of the different groups of people in the state.
“That is the only way you can maximally benefit from the experiences of your service year, and this is capable of opening new vistas of life for you”, Okowa said.
He expressed his satisfaction with the orderly conduct and comportment of the corp members through out the three weeks of orientation and urged them maintain same attitude in the remaining months of their service year.
Earlier in a welcome address, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Olusegun Alao commended the corp members for the successful completion of the orientation exercise.
He noted that the NYSC since its inception in 1973, has been able to achieve its overall objectives of building bridges peacefil co-existence and fostering unity and national integration.
According to him, the three weeks of orientation has been a fruitful experience for the corp members who were taken through a well-designed and structured programme to prepare them for leadership responsibilities.
“During the three weeks of orientation exercise, the corp members have exhibited high-level discipline and untiring zeal and determination to serve.
“The vibrant corp members distinguished themselves in the various programme of the orientation, namely, para-military drills, citizenship and leadership training as well as skill acquisition and entrepreuneurial development.
“There is no doubt that the contributions of the NYSC scheme in the socio-political development of Nigeria cannot be overemphasized”, Alao said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of 2,403 corp members successfully completed the orientation exercise and received their letters of postings for their primary assignment.