BY KHADIJAT OMOWUMI MUSTAPHA, APRIL 29, 2022 | 02:16 PM
Nura Umar, Borno State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps has commended corps members for their selflessness and patriotism when the CoronaVirus pandemic hit the world.
He said, as part of their community development service, the corps members have embarked on voluntary sensitization of the public against the dangers of the virus. They also distributed free face masks and hand sanitizers, among other things, to help in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19.
The state coordinator said this at the passing out ceremony of the 2021 Batch A Stream II corps members held on Thursday at the federal secretariat in Maiduguri, where about 390 were issued their certificates of completion.
‘The corps members were helpful during the COVID 19 pandemic in sensitizing, educating the general public and providing hand sanitizers and face masks to the host communities,’ the coordinator said.
NYSC was established May 22, 1973 by the military government of Yakubu Gowon to foster unity among Nigerians.
The scheme has three activities in which the corps members are expected to participate in within a year. They include an orientation course, primary assignment and community development service, after which they pass out.
‘I’m delighted that the corps members participated actively in the four-cardinal program of the NYSC,’ the coordinator explained, adding that other achievements include the unity the scheme has created among the corps members.
‘We also have a record of a marriage between 2 persons in the course of this service. A male corps member from Benue State married a female corps member who is from Abia State, and they told me that they made up their mind to also stay in Borno State,’ he added.
Mr. Nura presided over the distribution of the corps members certificates of discharge, where he also advised them to be good ambassadors of the NYSC.
He told them that while back at home states, they should use the entrepreneurship training they received to build themselves.
The coordinator also took turns to commend the government for providing a relatively peaceful environment for the smooth running of the exercise in the state.
‘There has not been any security breach since the beginning of their service year,’ which he said is enough to be grateful for.
Some of the passing out corps members who spoke to YERWA EXPRESS NEWS said they have enjoyed their stay in the state.
‘Life is easy to live in Maiduguri and the place is nice and the hosts are also accommodating.
‘The only challenge I had was the language barrier but apart from that, I enjoyed my stay in Maiduguri and if given a better opportunity I would stay back in Maiduguri,’ Moses Okoli, who came from Enugu said.
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