Nigeria’s Governor Simon Lalong in north central Plateau State, has charged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members posted to the State to learn the over 50 indigenous languages Plateau is blessed with.
Lalong stated this during the swearing in ceremony of the 2019 Batch B Stream 2 Corps Members held at the permanent orientation camp in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau.
“You should challenge yourself to learn a bit of the over 50 local languages in Plateau State, which will not only enhance your interaction and tolerance, but could also come in handy sometime in your life.
“Your knowledge of the local languages of your State of service will also help you integrate faster with your host communities as well as build lasting relationships”.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mrs Helen Abi Ishaya, Lalong also warn Corps members not to patronise fake news and rumour mongers who would want to instill fear in them by spreading rumours of crises.
“Let me draw your attention to the need to disregard and shun fake news and rumour mongers by people who thrive in promoting crises for their selfish interests.
“Let me repeat that peace has since returned to Plateau State and government is doing everything within its power to ensure that peace is sustained”.
In her address, the Plateau State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Caroline Embu, assured the Corps members that the State is a safe haven with unique and conducive atmospheric condition.
Embu said stringent measures have already been put in place to ensure the safety of the Corps members.
She disclosed that the 2019 Batch B Stream 2 NYSC members has a total of 1, 485 registered members with 582 females and 903, males.
Sky News Africa reports that the orientation camp commenced on Tuesday, 20th August and will close on Monday 9th September 2019.