LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised corps members posted to the state to see their posting as a challenge to contribute to societal development.
Speaking during the close of the orientation programme for Batch B Stream 1 corps members at the Iyana Ipaja National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation camp on Monday, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, said: “Your place of primary assignment should be viewed as a challenge to contribute to the overall socio-economic and political development of our state and the nation as a whole.”
The Governor also urged the corps members to utilize the vocational skills learnt under the Skills Acquisition programme so they could qualify for loans under the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).
In his speech, State Coordinator, NYSC Lagos, Mr Sunday Aroni, praised the corps members for their comportment during the three-week orientation course. He admonished them to be good citizens and avoid spreading fake news through the social media.
Speaking on his experience in camp, visually-impaired corps member, Oladipo Emmanuel, said he got a lot of support and did not find being in camp intimidating.
The Mass Communication graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) said he wants to spend his service year impacting children positively.
“I want to go into social development and I want to see how I can cater for the less privileged children. I want to go into children’s ministry,” he said.
Another corps member, Chidinma Onwuyili, a Modern European Languages graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, described the time in camp as interesting time for learning.
She however said the camp accommodation was cramped though effort was made to keep the environment clean.
“It was a wonderful experience full of learning. I wish the number of bunks in the rooms would be reduced. There were 18 bunks in my room. It made the room too compact and stuffy,” she said.
At the closing ceremony for Batch B Stream 1 corps members posted to Ogun State in Sagamu, the NYSC State Coordinator, Dr Belinda Faniyi appealed to potential employees to receive them warmly and provide for their needs.
“I also want to appeal to those organisations that enjoy the services of corps members but are yet to provide basic needs like accommodation, medical care, transport to and from places of primary assignments, among others to reconsider their stance and be more emphatic about these youths who have left their family behind to obey the clarion call for the service of fatherland.”
Dr Faniyi said the corps members had been exposed to various skills as part of NYSC skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development (SAED) initiative, aimed at making young graduates self-reliant and job creators.
Thanking various sponsors for their moral and financial backing, Belinda praised Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, for directed that the NYSC should present its challenges to the government.
Abiodun expressed optimism that the Batch ‘B’ Stream corps members would spend the 11 months in partnering the state to attain greatness.
Abiodun, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Peter Fagbohun, urged the corps members to be good examples to young people in the communities they are posted to.
“I am aware of the many entrepreneurship and skill-acquisition and motivational lectures that were organised for you in the course of your induction. It is not only to sensitise you, but to prepare you for post service self-employment. I also enjoin you to be role models to other youths in your host communities by putting into practices those virtues and skills you have acquired in the course of this induction. As agent of positive change, you have a task to transform them positively and in still in them those qualities need for tomorrow’s leaders.”