The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Dr. Mrs Modupe Esofonie, has charged the newly inducted corps members with the responsibility of nation building and sustenance, as the country recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He made this call during the swearing-in ceremony for the 2020 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1A) corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ikare Akoko.
The Governor also added that the challenges to nation building is enormous and requires the collaborative efforts of all and sundry, especially the youth to ensure success in developmental programmes.
In his words, “Your service at this crucial time is to compliment the well outlined programmes of the federal government to ensure that all hands are on deck to take the nation out of the myriad of challenges that has continued to draw us back.”
Governor Akeredolu further emphasized that the orientation course programme is essential as it is geared towards preparing the youth physically, emotionally, mentally and psychologically to bear the rudiments of sacrifice and commitment in their service of the nation, while also promoting ethnic and cultural diversity and integration.
Also addressing the corps members, the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Barrister Dotun Owonikan, ably represented by Mrs Okupe, urged the corps members to regard their mobilization and consequent deployment to Ondo State as a divine arrangement which will be beneficial by maximizing the opportunities in the state.
He also assured the corps members of their security under the leadership of the State Governor, Barr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and also called them to actively contribute to good governance during their service in the state.
Earlier, the Ondo State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Grace Apkabio posited that the orientation course is meant to introduce the objectives and programmes of the NYSC scheme for adequate preparation for the challenges of service and post service life, while also to get acquainted with a new socio-cultural environment.
She further stated that the NYSC have taken serious measures to protect and ensure physical and health security from threats in the society and outbreaks such as the Lassa fever and the Covid-19 pandemic, while also imploring the corps members to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines at all times as preventive and safety measure.
The newly inducted corps members comprises both Ondo and Lagos States corps members which totals about six hundred and twenty-seven (627) corps members. However, the Ondo State corps members totalling Four hundred and Thirty-three (433), while Lagos State corps members in Ondo State camp are a total of One hundred and Ninety-five (195).
Further details include a total of Two hundred and Four (204) males and Two hundred and Twenty-nine (229) females for the Ondo State corps members, while there are a total of Ninety-five (95) males and One hundred and Ten (110) females dislodged from Lagos State and Camping in Ondo.