The Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, on Friday, held a valedictory session for Twenty-six 2021 Batch C, Stream 1 Corps Members who successfully passed out from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Thursday.
At a ceremony held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry in Lafia in honour of the Corps members who served at the Organisation, Permanent Secretary, Isah Mohammed Eyah, who represented the Commissioner, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, congratulated the out-gone Corps Members for successfully completing their mandatory one year national service.
“Let me, on behalf of the Honourable Commissioner, congratulate you all for a successful national service year.
“The Ministry attaches so much importance to the Scheme hence the Valedictory Session in your honour today.”
Eyah expressed the appreciation of the Ministry to the Corps Members, especially for their contributions to the growth and development of the Organisation, disclosing that the Ministry would continue to interface with them in areas of importance for stronger synergy.
“Thank you for all your value addition, commitments, dedication to duty and contributions to the attainment of the goals and aspirations of this Ministry throughout your service year.
“As a Ministry, we don’t say “good-bye”, but “see you later” as there are many things we can explore and do together as a people.
He urged them to utilise every opportunity that comes their way while ensuring that they put into practice every skill and knowledge acquired during their service year.
“I believe you learnt so much during the past one year of your service to your fatherland.
“Never take any of the knowledge acquired for granted. Be a value addition to yourselves, families and wherever you find yourselves.
“Strive to become job creators rather than job seekers. Be creative.
“Kindly accept the best wishes of the Ministry in your future endeavours even as our doors will always be opened to you whenever the need arises.”
Speaking on behalf of Directors of the Ministry, Director, Youth Development, Umar Ahmed Abubakar, in his Goodwill Message, opined that the Ministry was grateful to the Corps Members for maintaining high sense of discipline and responsibility throughout their service year, praying that the Labour Market would favour them to become productive to themselves and society.
He admonished them to eschew acts capable of tarnishing their image and reputation, but engage in meaningful ventures that would bring pride and glory to them, their families and country at large.
Earlier, some of the out-gone Corps Members thanked the Ministry for providing them an enabling environment to carry out their primary assignments without hitches.
Out-gone Corpers’ Liaison Officer, CLO, Confidence Iyare Benjamin, from Benue State, described her experience as great.
“My one year experience here was great. I thank God for the support of the Ministry’s Directors, Staff and fellow Corps Members.
“They made my service year very memorable and eventful. I am very grateful to them all.”
For Rivers State-born Briggs Taribo Telema who read Office Technology and Management from Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, he said, “My experience in Nasarawa State was wow!
“It’s my first experience in the Northern part of Nigeria. Nasarawa State is a home of peace and hospitality.
“They are so receptive and generous to people from all walks of life.
“Though my people are calling me to return home, but from the reception I have received here, I don’t think I want to go back home any soon. I will rather establish myself here for now.
“In my own little way, I am setting up a small business to add to the growth and development of the State and her wonderful citizens.”
To support their journeys back to their various destinations, the Ministry, in its magnanimity, provided transport allowance to each of the out-gone Corps Members.