Each of the 14 received N100, 000 each.
Fourteen ‘Batch C’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who completed their service year in Abia on Thursday won the state honours award of N100, 000 each.
The Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Bose Okakwu, announced the cash award in Umuahia at the passing out ceremony of the batch.
Mr. Okakwu said the corps members distinguished themselves during the 2012/2013 service year.
She explained that most of them served in the rural areas of the state and participated in all the activities of the scheme both in the camp and places of primary assignment. She commended the corps members in the state for impacting positively on the lives of the people of their host communities.
In a message to the event, Governor Theodore Orji commended the corps members for their efforts in the development of the state.
Mr. Orji said the corps members had left a lasting legacy in their places of primary assignment and host communities.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Don Ubani, noted that the corps members touched the lives of the people through the community development projects.
“I commend you for your ingenuity, drive, determination and dedication to duty in the face of daunting challenges,’’ he said.
Mr. Orji said the scheme had contributed to the socio-economic and political development of the nation.
“This is particularly true in the promotion of the spirit of oneness and unity in our nation of diverse cultures,’’ he said.
Some of the awardees including Adeyinka Adebayo and Ubong
They described their experience in Abia as ‘’rewarding,’’ saying the scheme had reinforced their faith in one united country.
A total of 2039 corps members passed out of the scheme in Abia.