From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
Nigerian youth have been urged to see education as foundation for self-development and a means to stimulate their thinking and propel them to break new grounds to enable them cope with the challenges of today’s dynamic society.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, proffered the advice while addressing Batch “B” members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at their orientation camp, Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai Local Government Area.
The governor, who spoke duringa variety night organised by the corps members, observed that the dynamic nature of the society today is dictated by ideas rather than certificates and that it has become expedient for graduates to look beyond their fields of specialization in their quest to make ends meet.
He explained that man’s greatness is shrouded in segments which he identified as foresight, insight and hindsight, and advised the corps members that as they have left their comfort zones to take up their destinies, it behoves on them to be guided by the belief that their attitude would determine their breakthrough in all endeavours.
Governor Emmanuel therefore advised the corps members to leave indelible footprints in their place of primary assignment and mentor other youths to embrace education, stating that windows of opportunity abound for them to acquire skills that would sustain them and make them employers of labour.
Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Monday Uko, who set the tone of interaction for the night said the event was organised to encourage the corps members unwind for the hectic corps activities.
He thanked the governor for keeping to his promise to update facilities at the camp, stating that work on the hostel block and toilet facilities have reached advanced stage of completion.
Uko particularly commended the NYSC officials for dedication to duty as well as the corps members for their high sense of maturity during their stay in the camp and charged them to exhibit such sense of maturity during their stay in their assigned places of service.
The NYSC state coordinator, Ngozi Chuckwuka, commended the youth-friendly disposition of the governor, describing him as “a father of the youths.”
She expressed appreciation to the governor for his decision to provide additional facilities in the orientation camp.
The coordinator noted that the facilities would go a long way to alleviate the suffering of the corps members and specially lauded the youths commissioner for identifying with the corps members to ensure a hitch-free camping.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of souvenir and artefacts produced by the corps members to the governor, who later appreciated this with some cash donation.
The variety night was spiced with music performance and comedy by the professional artistes and comedians.
From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo