By Adejumoke Alebiosu
The Editorial and Publicity Community Development Service (CDS) Group of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Awka South, Anambra State has began plans to sensitize the public especially people living within Awka South Local Government, Anambra State.
The sensitization programme is to mark the resumption of CDS activities and to educate citizens about the second wave of the Coronavirus.
The President Editorial and Publicity CDS group, Chinecherem Akabueze while speaking with Fides Media, expressed her joy for the resumption of CDS activities.
‘I am glad that finally CDS activities is starting, we were unable to complete our Orientation course in camp, if we pass out of service and we don’t have experience of the CDS activities that means we would be missing a lot in our journey as corps members’
‘We would be embarking on the sensitization programme to educate people at the grassroots about the second wave of the pandemic and the variants of the virus’ Akabueze said
She promised she would be using her office as the President of the CDS group to make positive impact in her host community.
Reacting to this, Mr Kehinde Aremu, NYSC Anambra State Coordinator, spoke to Fides about the importance of CDS activities to the country at large, he explained that CDS activities builds the act of humanity in the hearts of the young corps members.
‘CDS is a very important part of the service year. In Nigeria today, everybody wants to do something because they will get paid or get something in return, nobody wants to render service for free. Community service has suddenly become a strange thing in our time.’
‘You do not just see people do something, they will ask what is in it for them and no nation develops like that. No development can take place in a nation where they is no service and service is when you do something without expecting anything in return.’ Aremu said
He, however, advised corps members to take advantage of the period to make impact in their host communities and develop themselves to be entrepreneurs
‘Corps members should adhere strictly to the laid down precautions for Covid-19n as they carry on with their CDS activities’ Aremu advised.