From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State yesterday implored National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members posted to the state to explore the diverse agricultural and mineral resources that abound in the state for self-sustenance.
The governor who the call at the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2019 Batch A corps members held at the Magaji Dan Yamusa orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Al-Makura who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, added that the state is endowed with abundant natural resources that offered limitless opportunities for socio-economic development and self actualisation.
According to him “Such opportunities abound in the areas of solid minerals, agriculture, tourism and most importantly, the people are hospitable These are indeed necessary pre-conditions for sustainable economic enterprise,”.
Al-Makura further called on them to tap the opportunities offered by the agrarian state so as to complement the federal government’s policy aimed at diversifying the nation’s economy.
The governor added that his administration attached great importance to youth development, hence the determination to harness the intellectual and productive energies of the youth to achieve the development of the state.
“It is in this direction that I call on you to work hand in hand with us in the course of your primary assignments to achieve this lofty objectives. I also call on employers in the state to accept and fully utilise the services of corps members instead of rejecting them,” he maintained.
He pledged to ensure that all Corps members who engaged in community projects were duly rewarded and honoured by the state government, in order to encourage future Corps members to emulate.
Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Zainab Isah thanked the governor for prioritising the welfare of Corps members in the state especially providing adequate security for the Corps members across the State.