By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
Ondo State Government will not relent in its efforts to keep the NYSC scheme going even as it promised to provide a conducive environment for corps members posted to the state to showcase their talents in their quest to contribute to the state’s development.
The State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko stated this while addressing the corps members posted to the state in the 2015 Batch B service year during their swearing-in ceremony marking the beginning of the orientation course at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare Akoko.
Dr Mimiko who was represented by the State Commissioner for Sports, and Youth Development, Mr Bekekhimi Idiarhi told the corps members to see their posting to the Sunshine State as the design of God.
The Governor therefore wants them to see themselves as attaining a rich and rewarding experience wherever they may be posted to at the end of the orientation course.
He therefore charged them to dedicate themselves with renewed vigour, conviction and commitment to the progress and development of the state, in order to bring about positive development in their host communities.
The state number one citizen assured them of the hospitality of the people of the state while government in conjunction with all security outfits will strive to provide them with adequate security.
Equally, he called on them to see the service year as a call to sacrifice, dedication, perseverance and humility and therefore urged them to see it as a rare mark of honour and recognition of their fatherland.
Meanwhile Governor Mimiko has posited that the scheme has over the years remained a symbol of national unity and integration.
Similarly in his address read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Gbenga Adelani, the Commissioner in the Ministry, Idiarhi assured the corps members that the state government would give priority to their welfare.
According to the Commissioner who is also the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the State, Ondo State Government is providing new facilities in the camp and therefore wants the corps members to bring to the notice of government any challenges that are capable of disrupting camp activities or any aspect of the service year.
The Ondo State Coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Olugbodi James while commending the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko for the prompt release of fund to the scheme called for more support for the scheme from government.
The State Coordinator also warned the corps members against act of theft and other vices in the camp while advising them to keep and guide all their properties safe and also report suspicious activity that may threaten security on camp.
A total of 2,148 corps members comprising of 1,274 males and 874 females reported for camp activities.