National Youth Service Corps members serving in Ebonyi State will be smiling to the bank with an extra N10,000 allowance every month from September, a largesse from the state government.
Gov. David Umahi made this known on Sunday in Abakaliki during the opening of the maiden David Umahi Tertiary Institution Games (DUMTIGA) at the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, Abakaliki.
Umahi revealed that the government was extending the gesture because the corps members had shown commitment to the cause of their fatherland.
According to him, the massive turnout of corps members at the stadium for the competition showed that they were active participants in the state’s development and patriotic citizens.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“In appreciation of the corps members commitment, I will donate N6 million to them for their transportation in addition to the N10, 000 allowance that each will receive from the end of September,” Umahi said.[/penci_blockquote]
“I want every sector of the state’s existence to emulate the corps members for its overall betterment.
“In appreciation of the corps members commitment, I will donate N6 million to them for their transportation in addition to the N10, 000 allowance that each will receive from the end of September,” Umahi said.
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The governor also gave N3 million transportation donation to other teams at the competition with particular reference to the Ebonyi State University team who are playing in the male football event’s opening match with the NYSC team.
He also directed the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Charlse Akpuenika, to ensure the formation of two state football teams before the end of 2018.
“The organisers of the competition will receive N1 million as the government has released funds to ensure that the sports competitions are uninterruptedly organised in the state till December,” he said.
“The teams will start competing in national football competitions from January 2019 and they will be in the male and the female categories.
“They may take off at once but any one that takes off will never be withdrawn.
“I want to assure Ebonyi people that the unity of the state will be further strengthened by the formation of these teams,” he said.
The commissioner commended the governor for ensuring the rapid transformation of sports since the inception of his administration.
“The governor’s giant strides in sports include the renovation of the Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium to attain international standard and the promotion of grassroots sports among others.
“The results are coming in torrents as exemplified by the bronze medal feat in Taekwondo achieved by an Ebonyi indigene, Miss Chidimnna Nwankwo at the last African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria,” he said.
He said that 10 institutions were participating in the competition and assured the people that all forms of malpractices would be checked to ensure a credible and hitch-free event.
“The institutions will compete in nine sports, including football (male and female), volleyball (male and female), table tennis, taekwondo, athletics, scrabble, chess and badminton.