The Abia State National Youth Service Corps chapter, during the swearing in exercise of a total of 1,495 corps members, Advise All corps members to shun fake news on social media. NYSC Director General said that the country is in a critical period and corps member should be instrument for change.
The corps members comprising of 564 males and 931 females were part of the Batch C, Stream I.
In his address at the Swearing in ceremony held at Umunna Bende NYSC Abia Permanent Orientation Camp, the NYSC Director General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, reminded the Corps members that the orientation is designed to equip them “for the tasks of the service year through lessons on the cardinal programmes, leadership coaching, paramilitary drills and other physical training, as well as sensitisation on topical national issues, amongst others”.
He added that “It is also a platform for kick-starting various activities that will enable you to realise your potentials, and attain individual feats both within and beyond the period of service”, and enjoined them to “avail yourselves of this once-in-a-life-time opportunity by participating actively in all the Camp activities”.
Represented by the State Coordinator, NYSC Abia, Jingi Denis, the DG added that “the orientation course is the first cardinal programme of NYSC, and is aimed at introducing you to the objectives and programmes of the Scheme and with major objectives to promote national unity and integration”.
He encouraged them to avail themselves of opportunities for self-employment offered through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme.
“You must continue to distance yourselves from cultism, drug abuse and other social vices. I also urge you to avoid using social media for spreading fake news, fueling hatred and other negative purposes, and instead deploy same for the promotion of national unity and development,” he further charged them.