Nine young people of Akwa Ibom extraction, on Friday were among those who received the coveted annual President’s NYSC Honours Award.
The award which was given to them for distinguishing themselves during their national youth service year. It took place on Friday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
They are namely; Dr John Emmanuel Ekem who is the current Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Mr Udoh Mboutidem Nkereuwem, Miss Owo Blessing Michael, Mr Michael Aniekan Akpan, Asuquo Queen-Ann Francis, Dr Ubokobong Imeh Essiet, Mr George Aniekeme and Mr Effiong Edifon Celestine.
At the event, Vice President Prof. Osinbajo directed that all 168 recipients of the awards be employed immediately into the Federal Civil Service.
He also announced automatic scholarships for the awardees to undertake postgraduate studies of their choice.
According the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke on his Facebook timeline, “They are ambassadors, and many others like them out there who are boldly ploughing their way through, breaking barriers, to put the shine on their families and on our dear state.
“Their achievements will be demonstrating the dakkadda spirit, the dexterity and strength of character of the Akwa Ibom person.”
The President’s NYSC Honours Award, which was introduced in 1974, is aimed at encouraging corps members to contribute to national development by embarking on community development projects among others.
It was also instituted to reward excellence in service and to encourage coming corps members to imbibe the spirit of dignity in labour and national integration.
For the years 2015 – 2017, Akwa Ibom State tops the list as the State with the highest number of award recipients.