Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde has called on corps members under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) currently undergoing orientation in the state that the success and survival of Nigeria as a country depends on their services to the country, urging them to show high responsibility during the course of their service.
Makinde who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Oladele Oyadeyi, stated this on Thursday during the swearing-in ceremony of NYSC 2019 batch B Stream II Corps members deployed to Oyo State, held at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ogbakuta, Iseyin, Iseyin Local Government area.
Governor Makinde who implored the corps members to cultivate a healthy relationship amongst themselves during and after the orientation exercise assured of the state to provide a conducive atmosphere for them.
According to him, “I enjoin you to be patriotic and selfless in all your activities starting here in camp to your places of primary assignment. It is on record that the activities of your predecessors have positively impacted the lives of their host communities in various sectors by providing good rural health care, qualitative education, enlightenment and sensitisation on some vital national issues to the nation and Oyo state in particular.
“Our nation Nigeria depends on your services and it is a great responsibility that you all must bear. You must uphold the ideals of the scheme in the discharge of your assignments.”
On security, Makinde said “on the part of our administration, the Oyo State government is determined to make a huge investment in youths. We will do everything within our capacity to ensure a conducive and secured environment during and after the orientation exercise.
“We are not unaware of the security challenges being experienced in our country. To this effect, we shall put in place adequate security measures to check any breakdown of law and order. I hereby, urge you to be law-abiding and partner with Oyo State to create a secure environment.
“Furthermore, we also assure you that the welfare of all corps members deployed to the state remains our utmost priority.”
The NYSC Oyo State coordinator, Mrs Eniola Ambeko, in her address urged the corps members to embrace Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme which is one of the course contests of the orientation exercise.
She revealed that as at Wednesday 21, August 2019, cut-off time, a total of 1,595 had registered for the batch, comprises of 872 males and 723 females.
The chairman of the NYSC board in the state, State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, who was represented by a Director in the ministry, Mrs Olubisi Adegoke assured the Corp members of a warm reception and hospitality of the good people of the state.
She then urged them to tap from the natural instinct of the good people of the state.