Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has warned heads of schools in the state against rejecting the National Youth Service Corps members posted to them.
Dickson gave the warning on Monday during the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2017 Batch B, Stream 1 members of the NYSC.
The ceremony was held at the NYSC temporary orientation camp, Kaiama, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said the warning became necessary in order not to frustrate the ongoing education development programme of the state government.
Dickson, represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr. Talford Ongolo, said he was aware that about 85 per cent of the corps members had been posted to secondary schools and he urged the principals of the schools not to reject anyone of them.
He said, “The Bayelsa State Government will not tolerate the rejection of corps member without genuine reasons, especially by heads of schools.
“We have set machinery in motion to deal decisively with anyone or group that frustrates the genuine efforts of our administration in raising the standard of education at all levels in the state.
“I urge you, therefore, to accept your posting with open minds and be determined to make an impact on the community you find yourself.
“I have already directed all local government chairmen, traditional rulers and community leaders to ensure that those of you posted to their domains are warmly received and given every support to enable you to settle down.”
On security, Dickson said the state government was committed to safeguarding the lives and property of the corps members. He, however, urged them to always be conscious of their movements, especially in the night.
In her remarks, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs. Loto Bolade, thanked the governor for his administration’s support for the scheme, noting that the corps members were ready to serve their fatherland.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )