Enugu rewards NYSC members for meritorious service
February 2, 2006
Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has commended the outgoing 2005 Batch "A" Corps Members deployed in the State for assisting his government in delivering dividends of democracy to the people.

Governor Nnamani made the commendation at a send off party organized by the State Government for the corps members at Hotel Presidential, Enugu.

In a related development, the governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, handed out cash awards of N20,000.00 (twenty thousand naira) each to seven winners of state awards and Nl0,000.00 (ten thousand naira) each to eight Merit Award recipients among the out-going NYSC members. This was at the passing-out ceremony of members of Batch "A" 2005 service year, held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu on Wednesday.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Dan Shere, at the send-off party stated that the corps members not only displayed at a high degree of service but had also distinguished themselves in the execution of some community development projects. Some of these include enlightenment campaign against HVI/ AIDS, provision of essential equipment to hospitals and schools and health institutions in the state, among others.

He noted with great satisfaction that some of the corps members, while in the state, had acculturated themselves with the lifestyle of the people which he called "the Wawa lifestyle". He therefore urged them to carry the good name and image of the people of Enugu State to their various states as ambassadors.

Also in his speech, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Mr. Bethel Onyeyiri, disclosed that a good number of the outgoing 2005 batch "A" corps members gave a very good account of themselves in their areas of primary assignments during the service year. Mr. Onyeyiri, who is also the Chairman of the State NYSC Governing Board, said that a total of 1,421 corps members deployed to the state had carried out their assignments with commitment, adding that a good number of them would be honoured during their passing out parade.

Earlier in his welcome address, the NYSC director, Mr. Augustine Arokoyo, had commended the state governor for his assistance and interest in the welfare and activities of NYSC in the state.

He stated that the State Government, in collaboration with its development partners, provided the corps members the enabling environment which helped them to carry out group Community Development (CD) Projects and personal Community Development Projects (PCDP) at their various places of primary assignments. He added that most of the developmental projects embarked upon by them were geared towards building a better nation.

Mr. Arokoyo called on the outgoing corps members to endeavour to use their God-given potentials to develop themselves even as they go out to face more challenges, after the service year. Mr. Arokoyo, at the passing out parade, while describing the "relatively few number of offenders" as commendable, noted with sadness the death of one corps member in Lagos during the Christmas period.

He said that out of a total of 1,421 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members that served in Enugu State in the Batch "A" 2005 service year, 1,408 were issued with certificates of national service, while 13 were penalized for various offences.

He added that this batch of corps members distinguished themselves in every facet of the service and would henceforth serve as a benchmark for assessing subsequent batches.

Mr. Arokoyo paid glowing tributes to Governor Chimaroke Nnamani for the "wonderful assistance" he had been extending to the NYSC, in spite of what he described as the "paucity of funds" facing the state government.


 


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