Anambra - The 2,466 corps members deployed to Anambra for the service year will be subjected to intensive training in martial arts, an official has said.
The coordinator of the scheme in the state, Mrs Inyang Ekpe, announced the plan on Wednesday at the swearing-in of the 2012 Batch B corps members at the NYSC orientation camp, Umunya in Oyi Local Council Area of the state.
Ekpesaid the corps members would also be trained to acquire certain skills to prepare them for the labour market.
“In view of the current security and unemployment challenges facing the nation, the management has incorporated intensive skills acquisition programme and martial arts training for all corps members.
“It is expected that these programmes will, to a large extent, tackle the post-service unemployment and security challenges facing the corps members in particular,” she said.
The coordinator said the posting of corps members to places of primary assignment would focus of four areas of need, which she said were education, rural health, rural infrastructure and agriculture.
In his speech, Gov. Peter Obi, represented by his deputy, Mr Emeka Sibeudu, promised that before the end of his administration, the camp would wear a new look.
Obi also said that his administration had taken steps to provide security for the corps members serving in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Dozie Aroh, said the government would not only revamp the NYSC camp, but would also encourage their participation in sports.