NYSC discovered my leadership potentials- AYADE

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, yesterday stated that the National Youth Service Corps greatly shaped the person he is today and contributed immensely  to brining out his leadership potentials

THE governor who further advocated the use of the   Corps as a platform for the promotion of good ethics and sound moral values.

Governor Ayade who spoke yesterday in Calabar  when he played host to the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, at the Government House, Calabar.

Ayade, who charged the NYSC to do more to reinvent high ethic and moral amongst young people in country insisted that the service must set the pace. In the same vein, he bemoaned the attitude and behaviours of people in contemporary Nigeria, especially the shift towards materialism, noting that such represented complete deviation from AfrIcan culture and traditions.

He called for efforts towards restoring the cherished values of the society.

The Governor was emphatic about the role the NYSC could play towards re-orientating the populace, noting that the Scheme had the responsibility to mould youths in preparation for leadership.

"Therefore, the cardinal theme that you must impart at the level of NYSC is the doctrine of discipline, ethics, morality, good conduct and good conscience," he added.

He advocated the incorporation of the teaching of morals in the content of the Orientation course while also suggesting that participation in the Scheme should be mandatory for all Nigerian graduates irrespective of their age.

Ayade used the occasion to call on the NYSC to help participating youths to fulfill their dreams by posting them to serve in their areas of specialty.

The Governor said with delight that, as a Corps member deployed to Imo State in 1988/89, he was posted to a brewery based on his discipline.

Reminiscing on his experience, he added that his desire to contribute towards finding solution to an environmental problem arising from the company's operations spurred him to go for higher degrees and later establishing a laboratory that served as environmental consultant to oil companies among feats he has so far achieved.

"Without the NYSC in the right place, I would not have found direction and focus; NYSC made me," he said.

Responding to the Director-General's request to help address some challenges faced by the Scheme in the state, Governor Ayade said he takes those problems "very personal" and assured that they would be looked into.

Earlier, the Director-General had sought the state government's intervention in areas of needs such as provision of utility vehicle for the NYSC State Secretariat, renovation of Orientation camp, payment of state subvention and outstanding allowances of Corps members.

Kazaure, who told the Governor that he was in the state for the 2016 Batch 'B' Pre-Orientation Workshop, thanked the state government for its support towards successful hosting of the programme.

He also acknowledged other gestures such as the conferment of State Honours Award on deserving Corps members of the 2015 Batch 'B' and provision of drugs for the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers amongst others.

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade with Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General KS Kazaure during a courtesy call in government house calabar. Monday.