Authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State have sanctioned 47 corps members for various offences as 1, 222 members passed out in the state.

The State Coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Nkereke Ibanga, who disclosed this during the passing out ceremony of the 2011 Batch B Corps members in Calabar, contended that 13 out of the 1,222 distinguished themselves during the service year and were accordingly honoured with merit awards.

While congratulating the corps members for serving the state meritoriously in their various capacities, Ibanga, restated the scheme’s readiness to sustain the initiated transformation agenda of the present administration.

This he claim will be achieved by ensuring that the re-organization and repositioning of the scheme will translate into skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development of the youth before the end of their service year.

The State Governor, Liyel Imoke who was represented by his Deputy Mr. Efiok Cobham, while congratulating the outgoing corps members for successful completion of their service year, called on serving members to take advantage of the dynamism in the NYSC scheme and similar government initiatives geared towards empowering them to be self-reliant in the area of agriculture, small/medium scale enterprises and ICT.

The Chairman, NYSC governing board and Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, said that the state will continue to lavish its hospitality on any corps member posted to the state by ensuring that enabling environment is created for them to function effectively and wish them well in their chosen career.