… As 1,854 new Corp members begin Orientation in Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has restated the commitment of his administration to harness the inherent strength, potentials, intelligence and “can do spirit” in the youths of the nation for growth and development in the State.
Fayemi, noted that the focal point of his administration which centered on the restoration of core values of hard work, honesty and integrity as embedded in the four point agenda of Social Investments, Knowledge Economy, Agriculture and Industrialization would place high premium on youths for its realisation.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi made the statement at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ise/Orun/Emure during the official opening and swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 batch ‘C’ Stream II Corps members deployed to Ekiti and Kogi States.
In a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Odunayo Ogunmola, explained that the oath of allegiance was administered on the new corps members by the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, who was represented by Justice Abiodun Adesodun.
Fayemi, expressed the readiness of his administration to continue to support NYSC scheme in fulfilment of its national mandate of national unity and integration.
“My administration, which is one month old has displayed a positive disposition to the National Youth Service, Ekiti State with a supplementary financial provision of one million, five hundred thousand naira (#1,500,000.00) only to Stream 1, while areas of critical urgent intervention in improving the condition of the camp and the outstanding backlogs of owed corps member’s allowances have been brought to my notice.
“Let me assure you all that this administration is on redemption mission and just like I have promised we will do our utmost, within the available resources to give the NYSC Ekiti a desired encouragement to continue to serve as a veritable vehicle for integration and unity of our country.” he said.
Fayemi who added that youths had critical roles to play in the industrial, agricultural and technological growth of the nation stated that aside the focal role of engendering unity in diversity, NYSC had become a veritable for the mobilisation of skilled labour for equitable distribution in the interest of the nation and its people as a whole.
The governor who had earlier laid a foundation for the building of a staff hostel charged the corps members to embrace the various training they would be exposed to stressing that knowledge without skill was no longer sufficient for today’s economy and with the fact that entrepreneurs rule the world.
He counselled them to shun unauthorised trips as such violation had accounted for a high number of casualties which brought untold misery to many parents and wards in the past.
In her welcome address, the NYSC Ekiti State, Coordinator Mrs Emmanuella Okpongete, said a total of 1854 were deployed for the batch C Stream II comprising of 941 males and 913 females and after the orientation course would be deployed to serve in Ekiti and Osun State.
Mrs Okpongete explained that during the orientation course, corps members would be introduced to various activities that would inculcate self discipline, patriotism and selflessness into them.
The State Coordinator called for urgent intervention of the state government in the provision of more hostels, plastic chairs and
replacement of the old double bunk beds to enhance the status of the orientation camp like that of other states in the country.