From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
Ondo State Government has admonished corps members posted to the state to see their call to service as one for dedication and commitment in whatever capacity they find themselves now or in the future for the success of the nation.
The government gave the advice during the swearing-in ceremony of the corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ikare Akoko yesterday.
About 2,127 corps members comprising of 1,044 males and 1,083 females were deployed to Ondo State in the 2017 Batch B stream.
He charged the corps members to use their deployment to the Sunshine State as an avenue to make positive impacts on their host communities and as a way of contributing to national development.
Stressing that the NYSC scheme was targeted at the youth as vanguards of nation building and national unity at the time of its conception, Governor Akeredolu who was represented by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye posited that it has proven to be a homemade solution to peculiar problems and challenges.
He stated that with the present realities in the nation’s political and economic landscape, it is necessary that our youths should be mobilised into mainstream of the task of building the nation.
According to the governor, the orientation programme is meant to provide the requisite platform that will physically condition them for the challenges of the service year and beyond.
He therefore challenged them to undertake it with all seriousness and commitment.
Governor Akeredolu assured the corps members of warm reception by the people of the state even as he said that the people of Ondo state are peace loving and accommodating.
In his address read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport Development, Pastor Gbenga Adelayi , the Chairman of the Governing Board of NYSC in the state, Hon. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, assured the corps members of the commitment of the state government to their welfare and safety.
According to the Commissioner, arrangements have been put in place by government to ensure their safety while in camp.
He urged them to respect the culture and traditions of their host communities as there is no cause for apprehension, no matter where they came from.
The State coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Grace Akpabio commended the state governor for his love for the scheme as evident in his commitment to the scheme.
Mrs. Akpabio declared that the ongoing renovation work at the camp is an indication that the current administration in the state is committed to its statutory obligation to the scheme.
She however called on the state government to construct more blocks of hostels to decongest the hostels so as to accommodate corps members deployed to the state.
The NYSC Coordinator said 2127 corps members comprising of 1044 males and 1083 females were deployed to Ondo State in the 2017 Batch B stream one Service year.
Barr. John Olajide Abe, a Chief Registrar in the Ondo State Judiciary administered the oat of allegiance on the corps members.