By Vincent Ujumadu
EIGHT members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, deployed to Anambra State for their one-year mandatory national service have denounced their membership of cult groups.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of 2019 Batch ‘A’ orientation course at the Umunya, Oyi local government area camp yesterday, the NYSC state coordinator, Mr Kehinde Aremu, commended the team spirit among camp officials which, he observed, was the reason behind the decision of the corpse members.
He said: “We have confidence that they have also finally given up drugs, especially marijuana. We have every reason to believe that those who renounced cultism won’t go back to it.”.
Aremu also announced that two corps members would be getting married in the state, a development, he said, was very encouraging.
“These are the manifestation of the spirit of Anambra, the light of the nation,” he said.
Aremu said further that the corps members who promised to do away with drug abuse would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for proper follow-up, even as he challenged them to see themselves as revolutionary torch bearers and good ambassadors of the leading youth organization in Africa.
Governor Willie Obiano, who was represented at the ceremony by the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mr Bonaventure Enemali spoke of his administration’s plan to improve the allowances of corps members to be posted to the rural and hard-to-reach parts of the state.
The governor was optimistic that the corps members would positively elevate the fortunes of the state with their talents, education and high sense of responsibility, adding that ample opportunity would be given to them to contribute and excel in the implementation of state government programmes, particularly in areas of manpower development, quality education, health care, agriculture, among others.
“We shall not spare any effort in ensuring that your proven expertise and creative energy are fully harnessed towards making Anambra’s light more luminous to improve the lives of the citizenry,” he said.