Demonstrating unwavering dedication to the welfare of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, the Anambra state government has reiterated its support for young volunteers during the swearing-in and opening ceremony of the 2023 Batch B Stream 2 corps members’ orientation programme. The event took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe NYSC Unity Permanent Orientation Camp in Umuawulu-Mbaukwu, Awka South Local Government Area.
Representing Governor Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the state Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Patrick Aghamba, emphasized the significance of the ceremony as the commencement of a transformative journey for the corps members. The governor’s representative urged the young participants to embrace the core values of the NYSC, including discipline, selflessness, patriotism, and hard work. He underscored the importance of these values in guiding their efforts to make positive contributions to their host communities, Anambra State, and Nigeria at large.
Mr. Aghamba, who also serves as the Chairman of the NYSC State Governing Board, underscored the essence of service to humanity within the NYSC program. Addressing the corps members, he stressed that their selfless contributions held the potential to effect meaningful change in the lives of others. Encouraging them to identify community needs and collaborate with locals to implement sustainable solutions, he emphasized the importance of leaving a lasting legacy and inspiring positive transformation.
The Anambra State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Blessing Iruma, highlighted the critical nature of the orientation program as a period of transition and preparation for the upcoming year of service. She urged the corps members to approach the orientation with utmost seriousness, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. Mrs. Iruma expressed her gratitude to Governor Chukwuma Soludo and the Government of Anambra State for their continued support of the NYSC Scheme, which includes consistent provision of resources and facilities for the program.
During the ceremony, a total of 1,648 corps members—comprising 755 males and 893 females—were sworn in. The event featured a parade and various displays to mark the beginning of this vital phase in the volunteers’ lives. The reception and hospitality extended by the host communities of Umuawulu-Mbaukwu and the Awka South Local Government administration were acknowledged and appreciated by the NYSC leadership.
As the newly sworn-in corps members embark on their service year, the Anambra state government’s dedication to their welfare and development stands as a testament to the value placed on the contributions of young individuals in building a brighter future for the state and the nation.