On Friday, August 18, 2023, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) swore in 2,085 members of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream II deployment in Akwa Ibom State. The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Justice Ekaette Obot, the chief judge of the state, at the NYSC orientation camp situated in Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai.
Mrs. Chinyere Ekwe, the NYSC state coordinator, shared her thoughts following the swearing-in. She disclosed that among the group of corps members, which consisted of 961 males and 1,124 females, the adjustment to the disciplined routine of camp life was already underway. Ekwe also highlighted the tranquil environment and the support provided by the state government as factors that enticed aspiring corps members to choose service in the state.
Ekwe urged the corps members to thoroughly study all materials issued to them during the registration process and to diligently follow the regulations and guidelines of the camp. She additionally appealed to the state government to address the challenges confronting the camp, such as deteriorating infrastructure and inadequate electricity supply from the national grid.
Governor Umo Eno, who inaugurated the camp, emphasized his administration’s commitment to upholding the NYSC program and ensuring the well-being of its participants. He encouraged the corps members to fully engage in the camp’s activities, including lectures, drills, skill acquisition, citizenship and leadership training, social events, and sports, in order to enhance their personal growth.
The Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, reassured the corps members of their safety. He emphasized their responsibility to avoid involvement in criminal activities, urging them to steer clear of cult groups, illicit substances, and unnecessary travels. Durosinmi also encouraged the corps members to foster friendships across different ethnic backgrounds and adhere to the camp’s rules and regulations.
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