Serve selflessly, Akeredolu urges Corps Members
From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has charged the newly inducted Corps members to serve the nation selflessly during the service year.
Governor Akeredolu gave the charge during the swearing in ceremony for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members deployed to Ondo State.
The governor said that majority of the corps members would have preferred to serve in some other states for the best reasons known to them but their deployment to the Sunshine State presupposes that God has prepared them to serve in Ondo State.
He promised that his administration will continue to improve on developmental projects and infrastructures that will encourage those who observed their mandatory service to want to stay and live in the state at the end of the service year.
Akeredolu appreciated all the stakeholders of the NYSC for their numerous support which has over the years sustained the Scheme to objectively deliver on its mandate.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Dotun Owanikin, while declaring the course open admonished the compatriots in the national service to take the contents of the orientation course seriously.
The State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio in her introductory remarks announced that since the commencement of the registration, the prospective corps members have shown remarkable interest in all the camp activities and are relating well with all the officials and entire camp community.
Mrs. Akpabio said that orientation course has been packaged among other things, to introduce the participants to the objectives and programmes of the NYSC Scheme, prepare them for the challenges of service year and post-service life as well as acquaint them with the new environment as corps members.
The NYSC boss intimated the new inductees that they would be introduced to series of extra-curricular camp activities that are exciting, rewarding and memorable.
This according to her included 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 Competition among others.
The State Coordinator however made special appeal to prospective corps members with life threatening ailments to report to Camp Clinic for proper monitoring and asserted that machinery has been put in place to ensure that they enjoy first class medical treatment on camp.
She informed the August gathering that the Secretariat is making steady progress on the ongoing construction of the Camp Clinic, Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Centre and Orientation Broadcasting Service (OBS) Studio extension projects and sought the financial assistance of all and sundry.
During the ceremony, Oath of Allegiance was administered on 2,050 prospective corps members by the Chief Judge of Ondo State who was represented by Honourable Justice Ademola Enikuomehin.