The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has charged the 2018 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 11) corps members deployed to the state to add value to their host communities.
The governor made the charge during the closing ceremony and terminal parade held at the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
Akeredolu said that the country had invested a lot into their future hence the need for them to reciprocate the good gesture by developing and not destroying the society by their conduct.
“My dear compatriots in the national service, having undergone the three weeks rigorous but exciting orientation course, it behoves on you to justify the huge investment on mental and emotional stability which is meant to adequately prepare you for the challenges of the service year and beyond,” he said.
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The governor said that reports reaching his office indicated that the corps members exhibited high degree of discipline during the course.
He urged them to continue with the same spirit throughout their service year.
His words: “Gentlemen corps members, I hope your comportment during the orientation course would be sustained in the course of your service year. The great nation places much premium on you to display excellent performance which will take the country out of present day challenges.”
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, said that the state would provide conducive and enabling environment for the service corps to contribute their quota to the development of the the state.
On welfare and security, the Akeredolu promised to make it sacrosanct and non-negotiable.
According to him, that would make the corps members, majority of who were visiting the state for the first time to feel secured in any part of the state they might find themselves.
“I wish to state categorically that the state will continually ensure that the security and welfare of corps members deployed to the state receives priority attention. Ondo State is relatively peaceful and secured, I urge you to be security conscious,” he said.
He commended the management of NYSC and stakeholders “for your efforts towards ensuring that these corps members were properly groomed and monitored during the orientation course.”
As part of the programme, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio, presented the 2017 Batch ‘B’ State Honours Award winners to the governor for presentation of the cash award and Certificate of Commendation.
The recipients, Ebighi Emeka Emmanuel with code number OD/17B/2484 and Inyang Mercy Adams with code number OD/17B/1820 were rewarded with N100,000 and N80,000 respectively for distinguishing themselves during the 2017 Batch ‘B’ service year.
The 1,619 corps members commenced their three weeks orientation course programme on 15th November, 2018.