Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the call-up of graduates mobilised for national service as a commitment to contribute meaningfully to nation building.
Akeredolu made this statement while declaring open the 2023 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) orientation course at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologun said that the graduates mobilised and deployed should see the national assignment as a capacity building platform that will define the path of history through which they have chosen to make the country a standard bearer for other nations.
“For being part of history today, you are therefore enjoined to see yourselves as privileged citizens to offer your best on this national assignment which posterity has thrusted upon your shoulders through this prestigious and noble Scheme”.
“I want to admonish you to justify the trust reposed in you by the Federal Government through the National Youth Service Corps to give your best to the nation with your anticipated selfless and committed service in Ondo, the Sunshine State”.
The Governor who believes in the rule of law said that the corps members are coming on board at a transition period in which all hands must be on deck to work towards ensuring that all facets of human lives are improved upon and developed optimally.
“As young, energetic and focused youths with fresh ideas to combat the challenges bedevilling the nation, I want you to come up with propositions that will lead us back to path of glory that Nigeria was known for in the sixties and seventies”.
The Governor eulogised the founding fathers and managers of the Scheme at all levels for ensuring that the youths are positively mentored and tutored to be great nationalists in the likes of the country’s revered past leaders like Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
“My compatriots in the national service, this is a period to tell the world that you can truly be agent of positive change. I charge you to take the contents of the orientation course seriously as I wish you a happy and successful induction programme” he said.
The Governor declared that as a responsible government that has the pedigree for excellence and penchant for security as well as general welfare of the citizens and residents, they would not compromise the corps members’ security and welfare during the service year.
“Our Government will continue to improve on developmental projects and infrastructures that will encourage many who observed their mandatory service to stay and live in the state at the end of the service year” he concluded.
In her welcome address, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani announced that the orientation course has been packaged amongst other things to introduce the objectives and cardinal programmes of the Scheme to the new participants.
According to her, the orientation course is to further prepare them for the challenges of service year and post-service life as well as acquaint them with their new socio-cultural environment as corps members.
“While on camp, you will be introduced to series of extra-curricular activities that are exciting, rewarding and memorable. These include lecture on Tradition and Culture of the Yorubas, Leadership Lectures, Entrepreneurial Training, Parade Drills, Man ‘O’ War Training, Social and Cultural activities, Sports, Inter-Platoon Skills Acquisition competition among others”.
She admonished them to participate actively in all the activities and comport themselves as matured youths who will endeavour to cooperate with camp officials and obey all rules and regulations governing their stay in camp.
The State Coordinator informed distinguished invitees that since the commencement of the registration, the corps members have shown remarkable interest in all camp activities and are relating well with camp officials and the entire camp community.
She charged them to be of good behaviour throughout the service year and enjoined them to distinguish themselves right from the orientation course and work relentlessly towards becoming outstanding award winners at the end of the service year.
The NYSC Ondo State boss used the opportunity of the opening ceremony to appeal for assistance from Governments, corporate citizens, well-meaning Nigerians and philanthropists as well as other stakeholders to make their presence felt in the camp.
“We want governments and well-meaning Nigerians with good intentions to come over to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko to execute projects and provide facilities which we promise to name after them. For the purpose of records, the camp needs more hostel accommodation for both corps members and camp officials as well as befitting Lecture Hall for all our indoor activities”.
Mrs. Ani thanked the state government under the dynamic leadership of Akeredolu for the all encompassing support of the state, the hospitable disposition of the host community and the management of Local Government for the logistic supports that ensured that corps members got to camp safely.
The Oath of Allegiance was administered on the 1452 prospective corps members made up of 688 males and 764 females by the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Honourable Justice Aiyedun Olusegun Odusola who encouraged them to tackle difficulties and challenges in a disciplined and reliant manner.
The Chief Judge who was represented by Justice Femi Akinbinu advised the members of the service corps to see themselves as leaders who must give effective leadership by their transparency, honesty and selfless service.
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