By Adenitan Akinola/ Dayo Adu
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has enjoined corps members serving in the state to disregard all security scares while carrying out their national assignment in their respective host communities.
Governor Makinde stated this while declaring the three weeks orientation course for 2023 Batch A, Stream 2 closed at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Iseyin.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Seun Fakorede, who noted that the orientation course had fully equipped and motivated the Youths for positive changes in their respective places of primary assignments and host communities, challenged the corps members not be scared to live as role models and positive agents.
“As you are moving into the nooks and crannies of Oyo State, you to make your impact felt in your host should be ready
communities by embarking on projects that would add value to their lives. Endeavour to leave a legacy in your various host communities by rendering selfless service to the people.”
“I wish to inform you that Oyo State people are very hospitable and accommodating. There is no cause to entertain any fear because Oyo State is peaceful. Feel free to interact with the people of your host communities to enable you share in their dreams, hopes and aspirations for a better life. Be role models at your Places of Primary A ssignment especially those of you that are posted to Schools. The younger ones have a lot to learn from you, please make sure you influence their lives positively. “
Earlier in a welcome address, State Coordinator, NYSC, Mr Abel Oche warned the corps members against absenteeism, truancy, corruption and unnecessary journeys, saying any corps member caught would be sanctioned.
“You should start to exhibit and nurture the leadership traits in you by beginning to dream big and create visions that will outlast you in the community you find yourself. I want to admonish you to relate cordially with the people of your host communities and steer clear of any act of indiscipline or anti-social behaviour.”
“You should avoid unnecessary journeys and if you must travel ensure that you obtain written permission through the appropriate channel of communication. Let me warn you that any act of absenteeism, truancy or indiscipline on your part will be met with appropriate sanctions as stipulated in the NYSC Bye-laws.”
A total number of Two thousand, One hundred and twenty-nine (2,129) corps members trained during the three weeks camp orientation course, were deployed across the thirty-three Local Government Areas of the state for their national service year.
Similarly, The Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has appealed to Corps employers in the state to treat Corps members deployed to their employment with hospitality, care and a sense of patriotism for the unity and prosperity of Nigeria.
Senator Adeleke made the appeal while declaring close the Orientation course for the Stream Two Batch A participants of the NYSC posted to Osun state at the permanent orientation camp, Ede.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Teslim Igbalaye, the Governor charged them to make the place of primary assignment and the entire state a home for the Corps members as a major step towards promoting peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
He also admonished the Corps members to be conscious of their roles in promoting Nigeria’s unity, peace and progress at all times.
“Do only those things capable of promoting peace and unity in the communities where you are posted to. Do not look down on the people of your host communities but rather love them and do them good at all times. Do not get involved in activities capable of jeopardizing your security and your peaceful co-existence in your community.”
Earlier in an address, the Osun State coordinator of NYSC, Mr Agbor Ndoma Obim urged them to be the beacon of change and hope they were trained to be to the people.
“As you have actively participated in the Orientation programme, I urge you to take the Primary Assignment and Community Development Service seriously. Your commitment and unalloyed participation in them will determine your participation in the fourth cardinal programme which is the Winding up and Passing out Parade.”
Mr Obim noted that as a way of creating an impact on their host communities, the corps members should identify a project that addresses the need of the people and mobilize to meet such need
He warned them against night journeys and unauthorized travellings, saying that they should seek refuge at military formations or police stations once it is six o’clock during any journey.