The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday doled out a cash of N15.42 million to the 2017 Batch A, Stream 1 corps members deployed to the state as parting gift.
Mr Okorocha made the cash donation at the passing out ceremony of the 1,542 corps members held at the Heroes Square, Owerri.
He said the donation was in appreciation of the commitment and dedication of the corps members during their service year.
He said the NYSC in the state has made significant contributions to the success story of his Rescue Misson Initiative.
The governor said the corps members’ diligence, high sense of responsibility and exceptional determination displayed in their places of primary assignments, contributed to the socio-economic development of the state.
He advised the corps members to utilise what they had learnt during the service year to become entreprenuers and employers of labour.
Mr Okorocha also advised them to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria at large wherever they found themselves.
“As you pass out from the scheme, I enjoin you to avoid mingling with mischief makers and other unpatriotic elements in the country that propagate terrorism, drug peddling, human trafficking and Advance Fee Fraud as a means of livelihood,” he said.
He promised to provide additional accommodation to the scheme in the state that would house more than 2,000 corps members.
The governor also gave a cash award of N200,000 and automatic employment to the overall best outgoing corps member to any place of her choice.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Josephine Bakare, said that a total of 1,542 corps members, comprising 615 male and 927 female were deployed to the state.