The governor, who was represented by the supervising Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Usman Yunusa Lade, implored the corps members to embrace patriotism, discipline, good conduct, honesty, and hard work during their three-week orientation exercise and throughout their service year.
“I want you to justify the confidence reposed in you as leaders of this great nation, by making patriotism, discipline, good conduct, honesty, and hard work your watchwords, throughout the course and thereafter,” Governor AbdulRazaq said.
He emphasized the significance of their one-year national service, highlighting its role in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of Nigeria. He encouraged them to embody the NYSC motto, “Service and Humility,” as a way of conducting themselves.
“As you formally commence your one-year national service today, you will be fulfilled, in a special way, in the hopes and aspirations of our great country, which puts a premium on the moral and physical development of the youths for a better and greater tomorrow,” he added.
The Oath of Allegiance was administered to the corps members by Justice Sulaiman Mobolaji Akanbi, representing the Kwara State Chief Judge.
During the ceremony, Alhaji Abdulrasak Babatunde Alabere, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, commended Governor AbdulRazaq’s dedication to enhancing the welfare of youth corps members in the state. He assured the corps members that their hard work and outstanding contributions would be duly rewarded and encouraged them to be exemplary ambassadors in their respective duty posts.
Furthermore, Alabere assured the corps members of fairness in the posting exercise, which would be carried out by the NYSC Governing Council, guided by necessity.
Onifade Olaoluwa Joshua, the state Coordinator for NYSC, expressed gratitude to the Governor for providing 500 new mattresses for the orientation camp, which he said would enhance their comfort during their stay. He also commended the corp members for their eagerness to undergo the mandatory youth corps service.
He encouraged them to adhere strictly to all camp rules, comporting themselves in a disciplined and orderly manner.
In attendance were representatives from various government agencies, including the Comptroller of Immigration, Chief Superintendent Olumuyiwa Kabiru Aliyu, the Director of State Services, Mr. Haruna Sunmonu, and the State Commander of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Assistant Commander of Narcotics Ango Mohammed Tukur. Also present were directors and staff of the NYSC.
A total of 2,200 corps members, comprising 1,150 females and 1,050 males, were sworn in, ready to embark on their journey of service and nation-building.