Two thousand, two hundred and seven Corps members of the 2021 Batch B, Stream one of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, have been sworn in to serve in Anambra State.
The Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu swore in the Corps members comprising one thousand, one hundred and sixty one females and one thousand and forty six males.
Correspondent David Okpokwasili reports that. the event, which held under strict Covid-19 protocols, took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe NYSC Utility and Permanent Orientation Camp, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, Awka South Local Government Area.
After the ceremonial oath taking administered by Justice Anyachebelu, the Corps members, represented by one person per platoon, signed their papers, by which they were fully admitted into the service of their fatherland for the next one year.
In an address, Governor Willie Obiano charged the new Corps members to maximize the opportunity of being in Anambra State, which he described as the “entrepreneurship capital of Nigeria”, to develop their skills and become part of the efforts to address the numerous unemployment situations in Nigeria.
Governor Obiano, who was represented at the event by the Anambra State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, also asked the Corps members to, ahead of the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra, decide to become part of the growing successes being made in the conduct of transparent, free and fair elections in the country when their services will be demanded as adhoc officials at the elections.
Speaking earlier to welcome the guests to the ceremony, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs. Baderinwa, represented by the Camp Director, Mr Ayanda Ayorinde confirmed that all the participating Corps members were tested of COVID-19 and certified ready for the orientation exercise, and appealed to the State Government to quickly intervene in the erosion encroachment that is quickly taking over parts of the Camp.
A one-minute silence was held in honour of the five prospective Corps members who lost their lives last Wednesday in fatal road accident in Abuja while heading to the Orientation Camp in Katina State.