The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it has deployed 1,500 corps members to Bayelsa State for the 2021 Batch B, stream II service year.
Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this during the swearing-in ceremony of the corps members deployed to the state at the NYSC orientation camp in Kaiama town, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
Ibrahim, who was represented by the state Coordinator, Mrs. Ojugo Elizabeth Iyowuna, also stated that corps members have been intentionally assembled from different cultural, religious and economic backgrounds to promote national unity and integration.
He advised them to engage in healthy interaction and peaceful relationships in a way that would enhance their understanding of the nation’s cultural diversity and heritage.
According to him, corps members would undergo training on the focal programmes of the NYSC general code of conduct which include leadership coaching, paramilitary drills as well as sensitization of national issues.
While tasking them to imbibe the virtues of the Corps during and after their service as stated in the oath of allegiance which was administered on them, he further advised them to make themselves available to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The DG equally encouraged them to make good use of the opportunity provided by the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to become employers of labour.
He said the SAED programme has drastically reduced the number of youths pounding the streets looking for elusive jobs, charging corp members to pay maximum attention to the programme as over the years, it has positively impacted on both serving and ex- corps members.
Ibrahim again assured all the corps members in the country that the federal government was leaving no stone unturned to address the unemployment rate in the country.
The Oath of Allegiance was administered on the 2021 Batch B Stream II corps members by Hon. Justice I. Eradiri.