The coordinator of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Amambra State, Mr. Kehinde Aremu, has revealed that no fewer than 600 corps members posted to the state had applied for relocation to other states over fears of the unknown.
Aremu who made the disclosure on Sunday, during the cultural carnival organized for the 2018 Batch B Stream said after their fears were addressed 300 of those who applied for relocation withdrew their applications. to serve outside Anambra.
He said the withdrawal of the transfer applications was due to the interaction which the NYSC created between the corps members with community leaders and local government administrators in the state.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“Before now, I had not less than 600 applications for relocation from Anambra but at this moment, more than 300 of them have withdrawn their requests because we have been able to connect them with the people.[/penci_blockquote]
According to him, the process of acculturation had been so effective that they were now relaxed and ready to contribute their quota to the development of the communities where they would be posted for primary assignment.
The coordinator said the corps members were able to study, understand and display the rich and diverse cultural groups in Nigeria excellently within such a short time of being together.
“The bonding is great both among the corps members and between the corps members and the communities.
“Local government officials have been coming to talk to them and also entertain them, traditional rulers have also been coming and at this event we have a good number of them from Anambra and Enugu.
“Before now, I had not less than 600 applications for relocation from Anambra but at this moment, more than 300 of them have withdrawn their requests because we have been able to connect them with the people.
“Their fears were unfounded, they had a wrong idea of the Anambra environment but now they know better,” Aremu said.
In his remark, Igwe Chris Onyekwuluje, the Traditional Ruler of Umunya said the larger Nigerian society had a lot to learn from what the NYSC was doing.
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Onyekwuluje gave his blessing to the corps members and urged them to respect the culture of the people they were posted to serve while assuring them of the best of hospitality where ever they found themselves in the state.
“I am impressed with what I have seen here, the beautiful representation of the cultural endowment of this country by these Corps members really overwhelmed me.
“I thank the coordinator, he has done well, the good number of traditional rulers here says a lot and I must say that this is the best way to keep Nigeria together. Leaders of this country should understand and appreciate the people they are leading and their ways of life.
“NYSC is a good example of how to manage this country. For the corps members I welcome them to Anambra and assure them of the best hospitality,” he said.