By Precious Ukeje and Alexander Johnson Adejoh
The National Youth Service Corps in Anambra State has for the second time, last Thursday, brought to a close, the service year of corps members who began their service year on August 20, 2019. The event took place at the Old NYSC Orientation Camp, Umunya in Oyi Local Government Area, but devoid of the normal rituals.
The closing formalities, just as for the last batch, were suspended and corps members were meant to gather at various designated places in each of the local governments across the state to collect their Certificate of National Service.
Addressing the outgoing corps members on behalf of the Director General of the scheme, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shuaibu, the Zonal Inspector, Awka Zone, Mr Charles Anene, congratulated them, noting that they had come as far as that because God led them. He added that some people could not make it to the end.
He said nobody would be reissued their identity cards for any reason, the moment they were turned in and certificates issued to them. He added that they were to leave the premises immediately they collected their certificates, and not engage in photo shoots and other activities that characterized the passing out parade.
For his part, the Anambra State Coordinator of the Scheme, Mr Kehinde Aremu, while speaking to Fides, said passing out from the service devoid of the ceremonial activities was a proper thing to do, adding that the world was faced with a new reality which required that individuals kept social distance from each other.
On his words to the outgoing corps members, he said they should put into practice, all they learned in the course of their service year, noting that the knowledge they acquired when utilized, would set them on a pedestal of resounding success.
Those who were on ground at the Old NYSC Secretariat, Ugwu Tank, Amawbia, while the exercise was carried out, included the Assistant Director, Corps Mobilization and Deployment, Lady Doris Eruwumse; the Local Government Inspector, Awka South, Mrs Chidinma Nwanna; and a host of outgoing corps members.