Tony Okafor, Awka
The Anambra State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Blessed Ekene Iruma, has said that 63percent of teachers in the state are corps members.
Iruma disclosed this at the weekend during the 2022 Corps Employers Workshop held at Prof Kenneth Dike Digital Library, Awka, the state capital.
Our correspondent learnt that the state under the Prof Chukwuma Soludo-led government has approved the employment of no fewer than 5000 teachers for both primary and secondary schools.
However, Iruma who disclosed the state’s teachers’ strength ,called on employers in the state to prioritise the welfare of corps members in their workplaces by giving attention to their safety and comfort at all times.
According to her, the workshop themed; “Achieving Improved Productivity Of Corps Members Through Enhanced Welfare And Security During The Service Year”, was critical.
She said the workshop would arrive at cogent and vital decisions that would enhance and improve the existing good partnership between the NYSC, Anambra people and the corps members’ employers which she said had transcended to good fortunes for the NYSC members serving in the state.
She said, “Corps employers are critical stakeholders of NYSC; the scheme has high confidence in you as employers of corps members. It’s not in doubt that the corps members in your employment have done and are still doing their best to contribute to the growth and success of your organisation and the nation at large. It may interest you to put the records down that corps members constitute 62.5 percent of teaching staff in schools in Anambra State.
“This is my first corps employers workshop since I assumed duty here in Anambra a few months ago, hence the desire to put heads together on the need for proper care to the corps members to stimulate proactiveness, responsibility, dedication, and for feedback towards proper utilization of the serving corps members in the state.
While commending the state government for its support to the scheme , the Coordinator appealed to the employers to be paying the corps members, a reasonable allowance of ateast N10,000; providing accommodation for them; show love to them; secure them and to inculcate in them, hard-working, discipline and core values.
The workshop also urged employers to prioritise Health Insurance for the corps members in their various establishments.