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AKSG Doles Out Incentives To NYSC Camp
08 Mar 2012

Akwa Ibom Government has rolled out more incentives to aid the operations of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp at Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of the state.

Last year, the state government constructed more than three accommodation blocks equipped with facilities, linked the camp to the national grid and provided a standby generator, among other things.

Governor Godswill Akpabio who announced this yesterday during the swearing-in  ceremony of the 2012 Batch 'A' corps members deployed to the state at the orientation camp outlined the incentives to include new coaster bus, armored cables to link the camp generator in case of power outage and a directive for tarring of internal roads in the camp.

Akpabio enthused ''I welcome you all to Akwa Ibom State which is the Land of Promise and peace. I urge you after the orientation camp to make a tour of the state to discover the rich cuisines of the place. Go to Tropicana Entertainment Centre, Uyo which is a tourist delight now at the 12th floor nor and watch modern films in the world. I want you to be fully integrated into the state.

''My visit today will give the camp a new look. Last year, I was here, you can see the infrastructure-buildings wearing red roofs and electricity supply. I promise today to provide armoured cables for use in linking to the national grid in case of power outage and for you to live here in comfort. I promise to provide a brand new coaster bus to aid corps members going for outing. I hereby direct the Commissioner for Works to commence the tarring of the internal roads so that by the time I come next year, the camp will look different'', he stated.

Reading an address of  President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Akpabio lauded the out-going corps members for their sacrifices to the enthronment of democracy during the last general elections in the country.

President Jonathan enjoined them to take the training and other aspects during the orientation exercise seriously in order to adequately equip themselves for self-employment after the youth service.

Observing that Federal Government would continue to create the enabling environment for youths to maximize their potentials, Jonathan appealed to them to keep faith with the ideals of the NYSC scheme by providing the requisite support to enhance the scheme`s capacity to deliver its core mandate.

He recalled that over the years, NYSC has lived up to the vision in impacting positively on the national development process especially in the rural areas through community development projects embarked upon by their predecessors.

The President, therefore, charged the corps members to freely identify with the host communities and pledged his administration`s resolve to provide cohesive environment and jobs for the teeming youths in the country.

The Chairman of the state Governing Board, Pastor Oyong Asukwo congratulated the corps members on their successful induction and lauded the positive contributions made by their predecessors.

Pastor Asukwo who is also the Commissioner for Youths and Sports who lauded the state government for always coming to the aid of the camp urged the corps members to be of good behavior throughout their stay in the Akwa Ibom State.

The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Aniefiok N. Okpongete who said the orientation programme started last week in the federation thanked the state Governor for his numerous assistance to the scheme in the state, appealing for the provision of a coaster bus, armored cables and tarring of internal roads in the camp.

A total of 3,000 corps members took oath of office administered by the a High Court Judge, Hon. Ime Umanah.

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