Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of NYSC in Anambra, made this known at the formal inauguration of the exercise at the permanent orientation camp in Mbaukwu/Umuawulu, Awka South Council Area.
Aremu said that at the close of registration on Sunday night, a total of 1,051 corps members were registered, 482 males and 569 females. According to him, since the arrival of the corps member, they had displayed uncommon sense of patriotism, discipline and loyalty to constituted authority.
He told the corps members that their service year represented a new phase of life, preparatory to joining the club of Nigerian elites, while commending their good behaviour since they arrived in camp.
“They have been exceptional ambassadors of their respective families and Alma mater and also have been receptive to instructions and shown promises of being worthy representatives of NYSC and its ideals,” the NYSC boss said.
Aremu said the new corps members would, for three weeks, be in the camp during which they would have the opportunity of being exposed to citizenship/leadership training, para-military trainings, the culture, tradition and norms of the people of Anambra.
“In the next few days, the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship trainings will start in the camp. I encourage you all to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare yourselves for prosperous post-NYSC period. The future starts now, ‘’ he said.
Obiano who was represented by Mr Harry Uduh, Head of Service in Anambra, said NYSC had made enormous contributions to the development of the state, especially in the area of education, rural infrastructure, health care delivery and the agricultural sector.
He said they could only exceed their predecessors’ performance if only they could align their thoughts and efforts toward the state government’s productive and developmental drive, through a seamless integration with host communities.
The governor advised the corps members to actively engage in skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programmes. (NAN)