Oyo state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has urged corps members posted to the state to explore the unity of Nigeria in their various host communities

He gave the advice at the official swearing-in ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘A’, Stream One Corps members held at NYSC permanent camp Iseyin

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Bayo Lawal advised the corps members to see their posting as a call to sacrifice, dedication, perseverance and humility.

Governor Makinde also reiterated his commitment to supporting the NYSC scheme with facilities to enhance the smooth running of the orientation programme and prompt payment of the allowance for corps members serving in Oyo state.

Earlier in an address of welcome, State Coordinator, NYSC Mr. Odoba Abel Oche, said over one thousand five hundred corps members were registered for the three weeks orientation programme and enjoined the corps members to take advantage of the activities so as to be better equipped for the one-year mandatory service.

The swearing-in ceremony had in attendance the Acting Chief Judge of Oyo state, Mrs Iyabo Yerima, Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Ṣeun Fakorede, security chiefs and representatives of traditional chiefs as well as cooperate organisations.

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Similarly, in Osun State, the governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke says what binds Nigerians together is stronger than what divides the nation.

Senator Adeleke made the remark at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ede.

Addressing members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC posted to Osun State for the 2023 Batch A stream I, Senator Adeleke charged young Nigerians to let go of negative preconceptions and misconceptions capable of distorting their contributions to the path of uniting Nigeria.

The Osun Governor told the corps members that they had great roles to play in strengthening and expanding the capacity of Nigeria’s economy by embracing skills acquisition.

“Be creative and innovative as graduates. Do not only think of consuming but rather begin to think of what you can produce or offer as a solution to human needs and problems. Imbibe the mindset of an entrepreneur and toll the path of diligence, hard work and industry, which is the key to lasting success and prosperity.”

In a remark, the State Coordinator, Mrs Abdulwahab Olayinka reminded the corps members of their roles in the next month’s general elections, urging them to be on their best behaviour.

“Conduct yourselves in the most respectful and acceptable manner during your training and on the day of the election. The conduct and contributions of your predecessors in the electoral process have earned the scheme the love and respect of the people “. The coordinator said.

Mrs Abdulwahab appealed to the Osun State Governor, corps employers and other stakeholders for the review of the state allowance for corp members, renovation of the dilapidated infrastructure, expansion of the multipurpose hall and construction of additional camp for corps members as well as accommodation for officials at the orientation camp.

“It’s pertinent to note that NYSC Osun State lacks a befitting office accommodation since inception in 1991”

The Osun State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, who was represented by Justice Matthias Agboola administered the oath of office and that of allegiance to the corps members.

A total of two thousand and fifty-nine corps members are to participate in the three weeks exercise.

One thousand, five hundred and nine of them were deployed to Osun State, while five hundred and fifty were dislodged from Lagos state.

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In Ekiti, Governor Biodun Oyebanji has assured the NYSC that his administration will continue to support the scheme with available resources in the area of provision of facilities in the camp.

Governor Oyebanji gave the assurance at Orientation Camp in Ise/Orun/ Emure Ekiti.

The Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Mrs Tola Faseluka urged corporate organizations, nongovernmental organizations and well-meaning individuals to join hands with the government in sustaining a good future for Nigerian youths.

He urged them to exhibit a high level of responsibility, integrity, patriotism, loyalty, dedication, discipline and commitment to the nation.

The Ekiti State NYSC coordinator, Mrs Mary Chikezie appealed to the corps members to pay attention to the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED lectures and other training to make them self reliance after the service year.

According to her, the orientation course was put together to equip the corps members with the necessary skills that would enable them to meet the challenges of service years and beyond.

The NYSC coordinator, who congratulated the corps members for graduating from their various institutions, described their mobilization as a clarion call for them to rise up to the task of nation-building and integration of its citizens.

Mrs Chikezie, however, warned the corps members against unruly behaviour such as wrong use of social media, cultism, drug abuse, gambling, drunkenness and other negative devices within and outside the camp.

She told them that NYSC management had put in place various reward platforms to appreciate all the outstanding ones and at the same time sanction those found wanting to serve as a deterrent to others.

Mrs Chikezie applauded Governor Biodun Oyebanji for creating an enabling environment for corps members to live peacefully in the state.

She equally thanked the Governor for subsidizing the meal of the last Orientation course in the camp, calling for the extension of the meal subsidy for the corps members currently at the orientation camp.

The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice John Adeyeye, represented by Justice Olalekan Olatawura administered the oath on the corps members, warning them against violating the rules and regulations guiding the scheme.

About one thousand NYSC 2023 Batch A stream One corps members deployed to Ekiti State have been sworn in, with an appeal to them to participate actively in all the camp activities both physical and intellectual.

The corps members comprise 455 males and 416 females drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Amos Ogunrinde

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