A total of 2, 000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday took the oath of allegiance in Batch ‘C’ Stream I Orientation Course in Kwara State.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mrs Ikupolati Tosin, disclosed this during the oath taking ceremony at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area of the state.
She said as at the close of registration at midnight on Thursday, 920 males and 1, 080 females had been registered.
The oath was administered on the corps members by Justice Adegbite Olalekan, who represented the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Kawu, at the ceremony.
Ikupolati said the orientation course marked the beginning of the induction, training and development of the youths after graduating from various institutions of learning.
She told the corps members that the orientation course was designed for them in preparation of the rigour of national service.
Ikupolati, also on behalf of the Director General of the NYSC appreciated Gov AbdulRazaq for appointing a Youth Corp member into his cabinet.
The State Coordinator disclosed that the State government had renovated and expanded its male hostels, adding that two of such hostels are now in use by the current batch of Corps Members.
She said with the innovative, capital intensive projects, the Camp now have a five star hostel accommodation in Kwara.
Ikupolati therefore appealed to the governor to construct the perimeter fence of the Camp and the payment of monthly state allowance to Corps Members.
In his address, Gov AbdulRazaq charged the Corps members not to allow frivolities to affect the needed commitment in achieving the expected qualities of future leaders into which the NYSC programme is designed to mold them.
AbdulRazaq, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi urged the Corps members to justify the confidence reposed in them as future leaders by making discipline, good conduct, honesty and hard work their watchwords.
The governor implored them to always present themselves as worthy ambassadors of their various families and indeed the NYSC scheme by exhibiting the qualities of “service and humility”, which is the motto of the scheme.
“I wish to also register my deep and sincere gratitude to the Federal Government and the Management of the National Youth Service Corps scheme for the sustenance and the continuity of this noble youth-oriented programme in its over 46 years of existence” he added.
AbdulRazaq stated that the NYSC orientation course was carefully designed to instil discipline in the members that are coming on board for national service and a platform to physically, psychologically and socially prepare the members for the rigorous task of nation building.
The Governor therefore, charged them to adopt a serious approach to all activities lined up for the orientation programme.
“We are headed to a time when the 9-5 job cycle will either go out of fashion or would not be able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“So, I appeal to you to buckle down as you get set to face the world outside of the four walls of your schools” AbdulRazaq admonished.
He commiserated with the NYSC family nationwide and the parents and relations of two prospective Corps members who died in an auto accident on their way to their camp.
“It was one tragedy too many for our state. We pray the Almighty God to repose the soul of these bright stars and comfort their families.
“I also wish their mates – six of them – safe and speedy recovery from the injuries they sustained in the accident.
“I have also since directed the Secretary to the State Government to visit the injured at Mokwa and relocate them to Ilorin for further medical care. My condolences also go to the family of the driver who also died in the crash,” he added.
The Acting Chairman of the State NYSC Governing Board and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Shuaib Akanbi appreciated the prompt response of the Corps Members to the clarion call to serve their fatherland.
He urged them to serve as agents of change and catalysts of socio-economic development of the Nation.
The permanent secretary assured the Corps members that the state government would continue to support the NYSC scheme in achieving all its lofty aims and objectives.
The Deputy Governor later inspected the newly renovated hotels and expressed satisfaction with the work done.
Alabi called on the management of the NYSC to ensure proper maintenance of the projects.