NYSC members, Governor Eno warns: Don’t disrespect your host community

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Pastor Umo Eno, governor of Akwa Ibom State, has issued a warning to National Youth Service Corps volunteers serving in the state not to do anything that would cause offense to the people they are serving.

Nsit Atai Local Government Area’s Governor made this announcement on Tuesday at the NYSC camp in Ikot Itie Udung, during the formal closing ceremony for the 2023 Batch ‘B’ stream I of corps members.

In his message, Eno, who was represented by Mr. Emmanuel Akpabio, Director, Youths Development in the Ministry of Youths and Sports, urged the young people to protect themselves from false stories that undermine national solidarity and prevent them from growing as individuals.

So, he told them, “I expect you to go out there and affect lives around you positively through selfless service in a variety of ways.” You need to make an effort to get along with the people who have welcomed you into their homes, and you must not do anything that could be considered offensive.

“I urge young Nigerians to protect themselves from stories that divide rather than unite them and undermine their potential as a nation. I want you to know that it’s okay to have lofty goals for yourself and your state as future leaders.

While promising to look out for their best interests, Eno pushed the corps members to leave their imprint on the state’s Community Development Service (CDS) program during their year in the state and also vowed to take action to improve the orientation camp.

Earlier in her speech, the NYSC state coordinator, Mrs. Chinyere Ekwe, encouraged corps members to use the knowledge they gained in the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to become independent.

Ekwe cautioned corps members who had been assigned their primary assignment to avoid traveling at night and to always be aware of their surroundings.

Please heed my warning about making unauthorized trips. You are free to roam, but you must not make any trips at night,” she warned.

The Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme, she argued, can help corps members create jobs, so they should take it seriously.

The state coordinator urged all NYSC host sites to welcome corps members at all times and to provide for their needs.

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