The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has asserted that the state will continue to reward excellence and hard work.
The governor made this assertion while presenting State Honours Award to three corps members who distinguished themselves excellently during the 2018 Batch ‘A’ service year.
The awardees, Adeyemi Bolanle Mary; Ekekwe God’swill Onyechukwu and Essien Happiness Usetim received Certificate of Commendation and monetary gift for their individual efforts.
The event was part of the closing ceremony and terminal parade for the 2019 Batch ‘A’ corps members deployed to Ondo State and who have been at the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, in the last three weeks.
Speaking through his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, the governor charged the corps members to make positive impact in their various places of primary assignments.
Akeredolu admonished them to shun any negative acts that might tarnish the good image their predecessors built over the years and “contribute meaningfully to the overall development of this great country as you go to your various places of primary assignment.”
Akeredolu stated emphatically that the state would continually ensure that the security and welfare of corps members deployed to the state received priority attention.
The State Coordinator of NYSC in Ondo State, Mrs. Grace Akpabio, disclosed that 2,091 corps members participated in the three weeks exercise.
While 1,138 are males, 953 are females.
Akpabio appreciated the governor and the people of Ondo State for the donation of an operational vehicle to the secretariat.
She appealed to the corps members to be good ambassadors of their respective families and NYSC in their various places of primary assignment.
The NYSC boss in the Ondo State said that out of over 600 who applied for relocation to other states on marital and health grounds, 514 were successful while 345 others are coming into Ondo State from other states.
The Terminal Parade was attended by guests which included two former Speakers of the State House of Assembly, Taofeek Abdulsalam, who is presently Commissioner for Works and Victor Olabimtan who is now Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development.
Others included Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, and Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye; Special Assistant to the Governor on Students and Youth Affairs, Banji Adewunmi; the Chairperson, Ondo State Youth Council, Mrs. Toyin Owoeye, and Chairman, Akoko North East Local Government, Rafiu Eniayewun.
In attendance also were the representatives of the Olukare of Ikareland, Oba Akadiri Saliu Momoh; the Owa-Ale of Ikareland, Oba Samuel Kolapo Adegbite Adedoyin; the Brigade Commander, 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure and the Commissioner of Police, CP Undie Adie.