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Published On: Tue, Feb 6th, 2018

Respect culture of host communities, minister urges corps members

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By Albert Akota

The Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammad Bello has urged the corps members posted to FCT to accept their place of primary assignment in good faith and also respect the socio-cultural and religious leanings of their host communities.
The minister who was represented by Alhaji Oladimeji Hassan, Chairman NYSC Governing Board, handed the advise while addressing the Youth Corps Members during their passing out parade in their permanent orientation camp in Kubwa yesterday.
The minister who told the 2017BATCH “B” STREAM 11 corps members that the task of national development is a complex and arduous one that requires the utilization of their ingenuity, intellect, loyalty, teamwork and dedicated service, advised them to make good use of the opportunity the scheme has provided for them by sharing their similarities amongst themselves and their host communities.
“Let me draw your attention to various issues that some of you may take for granted. Please accept your posting in good faith and proceed to your place of primary assignment without delay. Do not hesitate to respect the socio-cultural and religious leanings of your host communities.
“The task of national development, dear patriots, is a complex and arduous one that requires the full utilization of your ingenuity, intellect, patriotism, loyalty, teamwork and above all, dedicated service. It is consequent upon the above truism that you were deployed to this orientation camp as members of one indivisible family to share experiences and knowledge and discover, at first hand, the many similarities of our people despite our ethnic background, religion or socio-cultural value,” he said.
In his opening remarks, the Coordinator, NYSC FCT, Mr. Bello Ballama encouraged the corps members to utilize the skills they have acquired during their 21-day orientation course for the betterment of their lives both during and after their service year. According to him, “Apart from drills and physical training, these corps members had opportunity to listen to traditional, security, motivational as well as professional lectures which will assist to form their character and give them direction during and after the national service year. The corps members were equally exposed to skills acquisition training in different skills designed to make them self-reliant after their national service.”
The 2017 BATCH “B” Stream 11 National Youths Service Corps, NYSC orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja, commenced on Tuesday, 6th January, 2018 with a total of 2, 307 corps members out of which 1, 286 are male and 1, o21 are females.

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