11th February, 2011
Fifteen NYSC members of batch â€˜Aâ€™ serving in Abia on Thursday in Umuahia bagged the state best corpsÂ member awards for their outstanding performance during the 2010 service year.
They shared a total of N610,000 for their feats.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the overall best corps member, Mr. Obong Achinis, whoÂ served at Igbere Secondary School got N50,000, while the 14 others received N40, 000 cash each .
NAN also reports that 11 corps members got the state governing boardâ€™s certificates of commendationÂ for their outstanding contributions to the growth of the communities where they served.
Addressing corps members at the passing out parade of 1,637 corps members in Abia, the NYSCÂ Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Okakwu, said that they discharged their services creditably.
She said that the contributions of the corps members to the success of the voter registration in AbiaÂ proved that NYSC scheme will continue to be relevant in building a united nation.
â€œI think I should give all of you exceptional commendation for this wonderful show of love andÂ interest in the developmental contributions to your host communities in Abia and indeed, Nigeria,â€ sheÂ said.
Okakwu said that the government could no longer provide all of them jobs, advising that they shouldÂ embrace skills acquisition to be self reliant and employers of labour.
â€œWhatever skills you were able to learn during the orientation put it to use and you will be surprisedÂ at what you will be able to achieve,â€ she said.
She urged them to shun the get rich quick syndrome.
NAN reports that President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s goodwill message was delivered by the Chairman of theÂ NYSC Governing Council, Mr Chinyere Adiele.