LGA Chairmen, Traditional Rulers Directed to Accept Corps Members
by: saint mienpamo
Bayelsa state Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has directed Local Government chairmen and traditional rulers in the State not to reject Corps members posted to their areas.
Governor Dickson gave the directive at the closing ceremony of the 2012 National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Batch ‘B’ orientation course at the Orientation camp at Kaiama in Kolokuma/ Opokuma Local Government area of the state.
The Governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Chief Salo Adikumo warned against any form of rejection in their places of primary assignments and called on Bayelsans to be receptive to corps members and assist them to settle down.
As part of efforts to enhance the welfare of Corps members, he disclosed that government has commenced the rehabilitation of Corpers’ lodges across the state while plans are on to build new ones.
The Governor, who commended the State Co-ordinator and other officials of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme for the success of the exercise, said his administration was making efforts to review allowances of corps members in the state.In his
address, Secretary to the State Government and Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, Professor Edmund Allison Oguru, assured corps members of their safety, while serving in the state.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, special Duties, Governor’s office, Rev. Canon Billy Ziwari, Professor Allison-Oguru said construction work was in progress at the site of the Permanent camp noting that this was an indication of government’s readiness to address the challenges of the scheme in the state.
Also speaking, the State co-ordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Sanusi Abdulrasheed, lauded the State Government for commencing work at the site of the permanent orientation camp, stating that the project, when completed will be a model and an architectural masterpiece for the training of youths as well as accommodate the increasing number of corps members that will be posted to the state in the years ahead.
Mr. Abdulrasheed said Youth corps members will be posted to 4 key areas of the economy, which are rural health, agriculture, education and infrastructural development and charged them to bring the experience garnered during the orientation course to bear on their national assignment.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for its support through the provision of food subsidy and life jackets for corps members that are being posted to the riverine areas of the state.