Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has advised members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), posted to Kogi to be self-discipline and law abiding and obey all constituted authorities.
The governor gave the advice at the NYSC orientation camp, Asaya, Kabba, at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2000 corps members deployed to the state for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1.
Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Sani Ogu-Salisu, urged the corps members to be obedient and liaise keenly with the constituted authorities for a memorable and fascinating Camp experience.
”You are the hope of our next generations in your various areas of discipline especially now that the nation is under intense pressure to meet the expectations of her Common Wealth Member States among committee of nations.
”I am glad to also inform you that the number of ex-corps members that stays back in Kogi State after the service year is recently on a steady increase.
”So, let there be no regret whatsoever serving the nation in Kogi State for all you need to harness our rich opportunities is intellectual ideas and self discipline.
”Hence, you must be law abiding, cooperative, ready to make new friends and most importantly acclimatise your new environment,” he advised.
Bello stressed that the orientation course was designed to inspire corps members into national consciousness as dependable growing leaders of our dear nation.
The governor reaffirmed his administration’s to continue to strengthen the existing cordial relationship with the NYSC Scheme to ensure a worthwhile experience and quality welfare for corps members.
Bello eulogised the late coordinator, Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, who died on May 17 in an auto crash, and observed one minute silence for her memory.
He described the late Ahile as ”the typical model of a patriotic citizen, the phenomenal expression of an egalitarian leader, a bosom public officer and the true definition of first generation Nigerian”.
The governor also pledged to hasten the completion of the ongoing Camp renovations as a mark of honour for the late coordinator.
The governor also promised to donate cows and bags of rice that would last the corps members for the three-week orientation camp.
Bello commended the role of Corps Members/NYSC management board who participated in the just concluded 2019 general elections, adjudged as peaceful and credible.
The governor, therefore, urged the corps members to give their best in the November 16 governorship election in the state to ensure its credibility.
The new State Coordinator, Mr Olayiwola Lasaki, said the NYSC orientation course would equip the corps members with practical, social and leadership skills required for the challenges of the service year.
Lasaki added that it would also inculcate discipline in corps members and make them imbibe good work ethics in preparation for their primary assignment.
The new coordinator stressed that the NYSC would “strictly follow its posting policy which focuses on rural development.’’
He urged all employers had interest in having corps members to forward their requests without delay in order to make adequate preparation their safety and wellbeing.
The oath of allegiance was administered by Justice Samuel Obayomi, on behalf of the Kogi Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah.
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