The Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) has urged corp members posted to the state to have a positive outlook to the orientation course and service scheme in entirety.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the State’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Dr Mrs Modupe, gave this advice on Monday at the Permanent Orientation Camp Ikare Akoko, Ondo State during the swearing-in ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2020 Batch “B” (Stream 1A) Orientation course.
The state Governor urged the Corps members to learn the rudiments of sacrifice and commitment which the national service is all about. He stated that the discomfort they will experience in the three weeks orientation course is not to serve as a discouragement but rather, it is to prepare and toughen them for the tasks ahead.
The governor however pledged to support and create an enabling environment for the scheme to succeed in the state.
He further enjoined Corps members to take proper precautionary measures in line with Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, National Centre for disease control and other medical practitioners.
In his speech, the Chairman Ondo State NYSC Governing Board, Barr. Dotun Owanikan ably represented by the Deputy Director, Youths Development, Mrs Okupe welcomed Corps Members to the state and urged the Corps members to see their mobilisation and subsequent deployment to Ondo state as one orchestrated by God.
He also acknowledged that Ondo State is not just peaceful but also secured under the great and exceptional leadership of Mr. Governor, Arakunrin Odunayo Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as he also enjoined Corps members to accept their posting and key into the transformation bandwagon of the current administration.
The State Coordinator, NYSC Ondo State congratulated the corp members on the successful completion of their degrees that qualifies them for the National Service and pointed that no fewer than 630 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were sworn in for the 2020 Batch “B” (Stream 1A) Orientation Course in Ondo.
She made this disclosure during the Oath taking ceremony at the Ikare Akoko Permanent Orientation Camp, Akoko North East Local Government Area.
Akpabio said the number was made up of 299 males and 339 females among which include a total of 195 Corps Members dislodged from Lagos and Camping in Ondo.
Mrs Akpabio held that the Orientation Course as a special one as it is very sensitive with strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention protocols.
According to the State Coordinator, “The orientation is packaged among other things to introduce you to the Objectives and programmes of the NYSC scheme, prepare you for the challenges of service and post service life as well as acquaint you with your new socio-cultural environment as Corps members.”
She assured parents and guardians that there is no cause for alarm as the scheme is always at alert to the safety of corps members.
In her words, “We shall be posting corps members to only places where their security and accommodation is guaranteed.”
Other dignitaries present to grace the event include; the Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Oluwatoyin Olanrewaju Akeredolu represented Hon. Justice (Dr) Oluwaferomi Kuyeyi; The Honourable Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Barr. Dotun Owanikan ably represented by the Deputy Director, Youths Development, Mrs Okupe, Heads of Ministries and Paristatals, Security Agencies, Traditional rulers as well as other collaborating agencies.