Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to the state to be dedicated to their primary assignments during their service year.
The governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Service Bureau, Mr Anthony Ikhobo, said by so doing the corps members would be contributing their quota to nation building.
He also urged them not to hesitate to choose their spouses from among Bayelsa people in the course of their mandatory one-year service in the state.
He noted that inter-tribal marriages would boost the much-needed national integration in the country.
“I, therefore call on you to use the period of the service year to contribute your own quota to the accelerated development of the state and Nigeria at large.
“Shun ethnic, religious and political cleavages in your service to the nation. Shun drug abuse and other social vices which will tarnish the image of your parents and the NYSC scheme,” he advised.
Mrs Elizabeth Ojugo, the State Coordinator of NYSC in Bayelsa, said that a total of 1, 647 corps members made up of 854 males and 793 females were posted to the state.
Ojugo explained that they would participate in drills, physical training, lectures, martial arts and a week-long skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development progamme, among others.
She described the orientation course as the foundation of a successful service year and urged the corps members to participate actively in all the programmes.
Edited by Ejike Obeta