The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has hailed the role of the National Youth Service Corps as a stabilizing factor in the evolution of the Nigerian nation.
He made the commendation in a message to the opening ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Mobilization Workshop in Uyo.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, described the NYSC as a confidence and bridge-building project aimed at healing the wounds of the country’s civil war and restoring the robust belief in one Nigeria.
“All Nigerians must ensure that the National Youth Service Corps, which is a signpost of our unity and progress, remains one of the binding cords, which keeps us together as a nation,” he added.
He noted that the theme of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Mobilization Workshop “Consolidating the Gains of Online Integrated System through Best Practices in the Mobilization Process,” underscored the need to sustain the accomplishments of the NYSC, and expressed confidence that participants would be more equipped to deliver better service.
Governor Emmanuel praised the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, for the improvements recorded in the Scheme since his assumption of office.
He assured that the government and people of Akwa Ibom State would continue to support the Scheme, especially with regards to the welfare of Corps members.
In his address, the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, said the workshop provided opportunity for strengthening of inter-agency collaborations towards greater efficiency in the mobilization process.
Kazaure, therefore, called on participants to see their invitation as an opportunity to contribute to proceedings and acquire knowledge for better performance.
“It bears no repetition that your role is not only critical, but also germane to the success of the 2017 Batch ‘B’ mobilization process.
“I wish to assure you of the Scheme’s readiness to continue to provide platforms that will aggregate and accommodate suggestions that will lead to better outcomes,” he added.
The Director-General said that the management had left no stone unturned in the training and re-training of staff in a bid to ensure effective service delivery, especially through the full deployment of ICT in the Scheme’s processes.
He used the occasion to rejoice with the government and people of Akwa Ibom State on the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state while also thanking the Governor for his support to the NYSC.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Corps Mobilization, Chief Frank Ekpunobi, said the workshop would, among other things, focus on the progress and prospects of the deployment of ICT in the task of mobilizing Nigerian youth for national service.
Participants at the workshop include members of the NYSC top Management, representatives of the National Universities Commission; Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board; National Board for Technical Education, and the Students Affairs Officers of Corps Producing Institutions.
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