Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, in a bid to instill a sense of responsibility and purpose in the newly sworn-in 2023 Batch C Stream 2 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, delivered a compelling address during the swearing-in ceremony at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Yikpata.
The orientation course, which began on Friday, 24th November, marks the commencement of the four cardinal programs of the NYSC aimed at equipping prospective corps members with the necessary leadership skills for their mandatory one-year national service.
Governor Abdulrazaq, represented by the Senior Special Adviser and Counsellor to the governor, Alhaji Saadu Salahu, urged the Corps Members to view their national service as an opportunity to contribute significantly to the development of the nation. He encouraged them to take inspiration from past Corps Members who actively engaged in community development services during their service year.
The governor assured the Corps Members of top-notch welfare and security during their service year, emphasizing Kwara State’s reputation for peace and harmony. He highlighted the state’s distinction for having the highest number of inter-tribal marriages in the country, showcasing its cultural diversity.
However, Governor Abdulrazaq cautioned the Corps Members against becoming entangled in local politics and advised them to respect the cultural values of their host communities.
The State Coordinator of NYSC Kwara, Mr. Onifade Olaoluwa, affirmed the scheme’s preparedness for a successful orientation exercise. He disclosed that the camp underwent thorough fumigation after the 2023 Stream 1 orientation course to ensure a clean and habitable environment for the new stream.
Olaoluwa mentioned that various measures, including engaging casual hands for cleaning and maintenance, screening consumables by veterinarians, and involving corps members in the supervision of meal processes, were implemented to ensure the well-being of the Corps Members.
Highlighting the regimented nature of the camp, Olaoluwa warned against any act of indiscipline. He outlined the diverse activities planned for the Corps Members, including skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development training, lectures, drills, physical exercises, games, and sports.
Encouraging Corps Members to prioritize their health, the state coordinator urged them to disclose their health status for effective medical care.