President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the 2013 batch ‘A’ corps members to endeavour to make the best of NYSC scheme within their service year so as to become important part of history of this laudable programme.
The President who spoke through Dr Mrs Oluranti Adebule, Secretary to the State Government at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2323 participants held at Iyano-Ipaja, the Lagos State NYSC orientation camp said: “The orientation programme is designed to instil in you, the leadership qualities of perseverance, endurance, discipline and peaceful co-existence with fellow compatriots from different socio-cultural and religious backgrounds.”
Jonathan who commended the NYSC management for inserting skills acquisition training and other youth empowerment programmes into the orientation time-table said that since the aim of the initiative is to make the corps members self-reliant, they should all participate in those programmes actively and draw maximum benefits.
He, however, tasked them to maintain discipline and decorum in camp and participate vigorously in all the activities of the orientation programme and throughout their service year.
“You should be the best the country would be proud of and see yourselves as agents of our transformation agenda. You must shun corruption and other vices and instead, embrace intergrity and humility. To be a great leader of tomorrow, you must lay a solid foundation today.”
Reiterating his administration’s unwavering faith in the scheme, the President said he is firmly committed to providing the enabling environment to keep the scheme viable and ensuring the safety and welfare of the corps members.
On her part, the State Coordinator, NYSC Lagos State, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, said that the service corps has become a globally recognized platform for participants to gain practical and experiential knowledge before facing the challenges of the real world.
Adeyemi, who charged the corps members to be ready for advocacy programmes of national interest, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship said: “Achievers are not born, they are made, and aligning with the training modules in the orientation course will assist you achieve the right attitude and guide to winning.”
The national service, according the state coordinator is designed to set corps members on course, produce influencers, high achievers, professionals, hard workers and believers in a great and united nation.
Adeyemi, however lauded Governor Babatunde Fashola for supporting the scheme in Lagos State most importantly the extensive renovation of the orientation camp.