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1800 corps members undergo orientation in Bayelsa


One thousand eight hundred members of the National Youth Service Corps posted to Bayelsa State have commenced orientation at the permanent orientation facility at Boro Town, Kaiama, in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

The orientation exercise, which started on Tuesday, was the first at the nearly-completed new NYSC permanent camp being constructed by the state government.

Speaking during the swearing-in of the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream 2 corps members at the permanent orientation site, Governor Douye Diri assured them of their wellbeing and safety during the service year.

He recalled how as Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development in 2006, he was instrumental in the citing of the orientation facility in Kaiama during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan when he was governor of the state.

Diri appreciated his predecessor for commencing the construction of the permanent site, saying his administration will put finishing touches to the camp to make the corps members comfortable.

He charged the NYSC members to take their national assignment seriously and adhere to laws of the land, particularly those guiding the service, adding that Bayelsa is a hospitable and peaceful state.

The governor also commended the State Coordinator and officials of the NYSC in Bayelsa for their effort in making the scheme a success in the state.

He said, “I join the Coordinator in also cautioning you to keep to the rules and regulations that govern the service.

“On behalf of the prosperity administration and the good people of Bayelsa, I assure you that Bayelsa is open for you for as long as you are ready for Bayelsa. Wherever you are posted to, try and be part and parcel of the society.”

The NYSC State Coordinator, Elizabeth Iyowuna, thanked the state government for its support of the scheme, particularly the construction of the permanent site.

She also urged corps members to take the orientation programme seriously and focus on being self-reliant after service rather than joining the long queue of job seekers.

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