The Governor of Abia State Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has advocated the engagement of the National Youth Service Corps to drive the Federal Government’s policy on agricultural rejuvenation.
He was speaking today, when the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Suleman Kazaure, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Umuahia.
He pointed out that one of the ways to maximize the country’s potentials in agriculture was to channel the energy of the youths towards the sector.
Governor Ikpeazu averred that the level of education of Corps members would make them have better understanding of issues and practices in agriculture.
The Governor, who spoke of the state’s Senatorial multi-skills centre in Aba, with more to come on stream in other Senatorial zones, assured that the state government would give Corps members opportunity to learn vocational skills in the centres.
He lauded the contributions of the NYSC to national unity and development and, especially, its role in the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Ikpeazu also used the occasion to preach peace and unity among Nigerians.
“We should reflect on those things that unite us rather than what divides us,” he said.
He assured that the state government would intervene in the various challenges confronting the NYSC Scheme in the state.
Earlier, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Suleman Kazaure had enumerated pressing needs of the Scheme in the state to include control of erosion problem, total renovation of female hostels and provision of additional boreholes in the orientation camp as well as payment of state subvention to the NYSC State Secretariat.
Kazaure, however, acknowledged the renovation works already carried out in the camp and the planned renovation of the State Coordinator’s residence.
He thanked the state government for its support to the NYSC while also calling for the strengthening of the existing cordial relationship between them.