From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
About 1,848 Corps Members comprising 906 males and 942 females in the batch ‘C’ stream one have been posted to Ondo State.
The state coordinator of the scheme, Mrs Grace Akpabio charged the new corps members during their swearing in on Thursday to see their mobilisation as a privilege bestowed on them by providence because so many who started the long but laborious academic journey are not privileged to be called alongside them.
The coordinator, while assuring them of the hospitality of the people of the state disclosed that very soon they will interact Yorubas, especially from Ondo State who are friendly, accessible and God fearing.
The NYSC state coordinator also charged them to contribute their meaningful quota to the unity, integration and advancement of the state.
Mrs Akpabio who expressed her appreciation to the state governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for his support for the scheme in the state said he has lived up to his promises.
The Governor while welcoming the corps members said that the scheme was also established to rekindle the ethics of civil responsibility in graduates.
While acknowledging the fact that youths are the engine room of any nation, the governor posited that they must be well greased at this stage to make them productive in the roles they are to assume.
According to him the service year is therefore the preparatory stage where they are groomed and sharpened to assume the role of promoting sustainable development, self reliance and taking up challenges of leadership.
The Governor was represented by the State Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye who said the corps members will be given the opportunity by the state government to solve problems in their immediate environments in the course of the service.
He assured the corps members of the hospitality of the people of the state, saying they are loving and accommodating.
The Chairman, NYSC Governing Board in the state, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye assured them that the state government is fully prepared for the corps members and therefore the orientation programme is going to be a successful one.