Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun has called on corps members to always imbibe the ideals of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) everywhere they find themselves.
Amosun made the call on Thursday at the passing-out parade of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 1of the scheme held at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
The governor, who made a surprise entry at the event having already delegated a representative, inspired the youths to aspire to be the best they could be.
“I am here today because I see you as leaders in your own right and because of the exemplary report I got of your stewardship during your service year.
“I have been reliably informed that you have not only upheld the track record of your predecessors, but surpassed them in every way possible.
“I therefore advise our youths to leverage on our worthy endeavours in the interest of the nation and for the sake of the future.
“Let the long-standing experience and training you have had in your different institutions and places of assignment continue to reflect in your lives and interactions.
“In doing this, we would create a more formidable and unified basis for articulating and executing more enduring policies which will ultimately draw youths away from self-destructive activities.
“Even as we approach the electioneering period, I urge you not to lend yourselves as instruments of violence,” he said.
Amosun further urged the youths to build on the personal development they acquired during the service year in pursuit of their life goals.
“One opportunity opened to you is entrepreneurship which has become the centerpiece of self-empowerment as preached by the NYSC scheme.
“It is my earnest hope that a large percentage of you will become job creators rather than job seekers,” he said.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to supporting to the scheme through positive disposition to the welfare and security of corps members.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr John Okpo, had urged the corps members not to involve themselves in illegal activities that will tarnish their image.
“Continue to imbibe the spirit of humility, service and dedication as you enter into the larger society,” Okpo said.
Okpo said that a total of 3, 900 corps members successfully completed the programme, while 10 absconded from service.
He added that one person, who ran afoul of the NYSC bye-laws, would be punished accordingly. (NAN)
– Apr. 12, 2018 @ 15:59 GMT |