From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa


The Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme as a transformative experience for the future leaders of the nation.


Diri, who spoke during the 2024 Batch A, Stream II closing ceremony held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Boro Town, Bayelsa State, said as a transformative experience, the NYSC will shape the future leaders of the nation.

He therefore called on Corps members to use the orientation camp lessons to hone their skills and knowledge as well as forge bonds of friendship that will undoubtedly serve them in the future.


Diri, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government/ Chairman, NYSC State Governing Board, Prof. Nimibofa Ayawei, stressed that the NYSC programme is more than just a requirement ” but a transformative experience that shapes the future leaders of the nation”



” The challenges you have overcome, and the spirit of unity and service you have cultivated will be the foundation upon which you will build your lives and contribute to the development of our great state – Bayelsa and our nation – Nigeria” he said.


Ayawei who reminded the Corp members that service year in Bayelsa will not merely be to fulfil a requirement, but to make a lasting impact, urged them to embrace the diversity of the state and immerse in the rich cultural heritage and strive to be agents of progress and transformation as the boundless potential of the youths can be harnessed to build a brighter future for all.


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” During your stay in camp, there have been challenges and obstacles along the way. However, you have all demonstrated remarkable tenacity and perseverance. You have held on and seen this journey through to a happy conclusion.”


Earlier, the State Coordinator, Mrs Okpalifo Obiageli Charity urged the corps members to become good citizens and leaders, as well as promote national unity, cultural integration and religious tolerance as they proceed to their various places of primary assignments.


She enjoined them to put the nation first, be good ambassadors of the scheme and the nation at large and maintain a high level of discipline, diligence, humility, obedience, respect and commitment to assigned duties.


Okpa charged them to avoid all actions and omissions that will tarnish the reputation of the scheme and put their lives into danger.

She expressed sincere gratitude to the Bayelsa State Government for its commitment to the welfare and security of the corps members.


She also appreciated collaborating partners and camp officials for their team spirit, commitment and dexterity throughout the period of the orientation programme.


She called on all Corps Employers and traditional rulers in the state to assist corps members in settling down quickly by providing them with accommodation and other welfare packages.