Respect tradition, culture of your host communities, NYSC boss tells Kaduna ‘corpers’
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Sule Zakari Kazaure , has called on 2016 Batch ‘A’corps members currently undergoing 21-day orientation exercise across the country, to respect culture and tradition of communities that will host them.
Recall that the four main cardinal points of NYSC are orientation course, place of primary assignment, community development service and passing out parade except the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme added about two years ago to answer the question of after NYSC, what next.
Some of the available skills at Kaduna camp include but may not limited to welding and fabrication, fashion designing, beedmaking, shoemaking, bagmaking, antiseptic and cosmetics, makeup, poultry farming, fishery, animal husbandry among others.
Brig-Gen Kazaure, who is the 17th Chief Executive Officer of the scheme said young Nigerian graduates must learn to shun all vices, dress decently and live responsibly as they beginning to fulfil the essence of NYSC which is national integration right from the camp.
The first PH’d holder NYSC boss, who stated this on Wednesday during his maiden official visit to Kaduna Orientation camp, Km 16, Kaduna-Abuja express way, also appealed to corps members to be just and transparent in their assignments, noting that the country depends on them to deal with corruption by any means in order to make progress as a country.
According to him, “the essence of NYSC is national integration. You should start integrating right from camp. Get to know one another better because you never can tell where destiny will take you to.
“Shun all social vices, dress decently, behave well anywhere you may find yourself because you are all ambassadors of not only the NYSC, but Nigeria and as such, more are expected of you.
“It is also important to add that most of challenges the country is currently faced with are as a result of corruption. So, as agents of transformation, I want to implore you all to be transparent in your assignments because the country is looking up to you.”
He also urged the corps members to take skill acquisition programmes which the scheme provide for them, very seriously, “you should be master of yourself by creating jobs and employ others.
“The current administration is working seriously to address the challenge of unemployment which is why NYSC, as largest youth motivator is investing so much in skill acquisition for you. The time has come for us as a country to think outside the box.
“We want you to be job creators and not job seekers. This is why you need to take the skill acquisition very seriously. You should be aware that Bank of Agriculture and Bank of Industry are partnering with us to provide you with start up capital. All you need doing is to write a comprehensive and directional business plan or proposal for consideration,” he added.
Coordinator of NYSC in the State, Prince Mohammed Momoh, who described the DG’s visit as a morale booster for both the corps members and staff, hinted that the state government has promised to improve on the facilities on camp after this batch orientation.
He then called on Corps members to participate actively in all camp activities as that will prepare them ahead of the 12 months mandatory service to their motherland.
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