Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has declared the 2023 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation course for Batch B, stream 1 Corps members posted to Niger State open, urging the Corps members to embrace entrepreneurship training.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, made this declaration at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Paiko on Friday.
He observed that the government cannot absorb all graduates, and as such, corps members should utilise the opportunity of the entrepreneurship training provided to them by the NYSC Scheme while in the camp.
The governor reminded the corps members that their call for national service required them to stay in camp for a specified number of weeks to undertake regimented activities, stressing that it was a must for them to obey the rules and regulations guiding their activities in the camp.
He also informed the Corps members that the NYSC Scheme, being an instrument of national unity and integration, had over the years continued to forge socio-cultural ties across different ethno-cultural divides in Nigeria.
"The NYSC Scheme has been able to sustain its mandate of mobilising Nigerian youths and instilling in them the tradition of dedication and regard for our collective differences, and you cannot be an exception, especially as the scheme prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee this year.
"Let me quickly add that your service year is coming at a time when the nation needs your dexterity as the vanguard of society. You should use your energy, vigour, and enthusiasm to fully partake in issues of national cohesion and nation-building. As youth citizens, you should see yourselves as progressives with the potential to lead this nation to greater heights," said the Governor.
While welcoming the corps members to Niger State, the governor also urged them to shun all acts capable of undermining the peace and security of the nation, calling on all security agencies in the state to ensure that corps members were preferentially kept safe at all times and in all parts of Niger State.
In her address, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Alidat Abdulwahab Olayinka, disclosed that the scheme aimed at promoting unity among the diverse cultures in Nigeria for a great and prosperous country.
She also appreciated the state government, the traditional rulers, the security agencies, and the Paiko community for the security and hospitality they extended to the corps members during every orientation period.
The 2023 Batch B stream 1 has a total of 2100 corps members, comprising those posted to Niger State and the ones dislodged from Abuja. The Oath of allegiance was administered to the corps members by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Halima Abdulmalik, who was represented by Justice Maria Isma'il.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied to the orientation camp in Paiko by the Secretary to the State Government, who is also the Chairman of the state NYSC governing board, Alh. Abubakar Usman Gawu; the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State, Hon. Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor's Office, Mallam Bello Ibrahim; and other top government officials.
Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago of Niger State has called on security agencies to ensure that corps members posted to the state are kept safe at all times in all parts of the state.
He gave the directives when he declared open the 2023 Batch B, Stream 1, corps members posted to the state and those dislodged from FCT at the orientation camp in Paiko Local Government Area of the state.
Bago, represented by his deputy, Mr. Yakubu Garba, urged the corps members to use their energy, vigour, and enthusiasm to partake in issues of national cohesion and nation-building as vanguards of society.
"I urge you to embrace determination, hard work, and sincerity of purpose, which are the major hallmarks of success in life.
"Take all camp activities with the seriousness that they deserve." You should live up to the challenging activities in the orientation camp," he said.
He advised them as youths with the potential to lead the nation to greater heights, urging them to shun all acts capable of undermining the peace and security of the nation.
In her address, Mrs. Abdulwahab Alidat, NYSC Coordinator in Niger, noted that 1,100 corps members had been registered, including those dislodged from the FCT.
She enjoined the corps members to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the NYSC Act and bye-laws during their service year.
Alidat advised them to be security conscious at all times and report suspicious characters or activities around them to the appropriate authority.
She urged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunity to participate in the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme by choosing from any of the skill areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Halima Abdulmalik, Chief Judge of the state, who was represented by Maryam Ismaila, administered the oath of office to the corps members.
NAN reports that the governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, the Chief of Staff, Abdullahi Gbatamangi, and the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Gov., Mr. Bello Ibrahim.