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NYSC wants LSG to provide new permanent orientation camp

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nysc-coppersThe Lagos State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Cyril Akhanemhe, on Thursday urged the Lagos State Government to provide a more befitting permanent orientation camp in the state.

Akhanemhe said this at the swearing-in of 2,300 representing the 2015 Batch ‘A’ corps members at the orientation camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.

The coordinator said that the NYSC current orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja was no longer conducive and spacious to contain the ever increasing members of the corps yearly.

He commended Gov. Babatunde Fashola for his unwavering support to the scheme especially in the provision of quality welfare to corps members.

“We pray that our dream of a more befitting permanent orientation camp in the state will manifest soonest,’’ he said.

According to Akhanemhe, the Batch ‘A’ corps members comprise 575 males and 1,725 females.

Akhanemhe addressing the corps members coming from different ethnic, religious, cultural and academic backgrounds to interact and share similarities from their diverse cultures and make new friends.

“For over 41 years, the NYSC has continued to groom graduates of higher institutions of learning into versatile leaders to ensure that they contribute immensely to national development.

“The visible growth in critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture, education, health and rural development cannot be mentioned without the irreplaceable contributions of corps members,’’ he said.

Akhanemhe said, “The scheme has four cardinal programmes, namely: orientation course, primary assignment, community development service, the winding-up and passing out exercise.

“These programmes are drafted to develop your aptitude, resourcefulness, productivity as well as widen your perception about life.

“The orientation course which you are undergoing is aimed at exposing you to the fundamentals of NYSC, to enhance your better understanding of the scheme as well as to create platforms for national unity.

“You shall, in the next three weeks, be subjected to paramilitary drills, man-o-war training, physical fitness exercises, un-armed combat and martial arts.

“You will also undergo lectures on security, national consciousness, volunteerism, disease control, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development.

“These exercises will instill in you leadership qualities which include commitment to work, humility, teamwork, discipline, confidence and perseverance,’’ he said.

Akhanemhe implored the members to make their stay on the camp worthwhile by participating in all the programmes diligently and aspire to greatness.

Earlier, President Goodluck Jonathan, in his address, had said that in the past 42 years, the scheme has remained a beacon of hope in the country’s mission for a united nation.

Jonathan, whose address was read by Mrs Titilayo Dosunmu, the Director of Finance and Administration, Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties, said the concluding story of the 2015 elections cannot be complete without the mention of corps members.

“You discharged you electoral duties with diligence, transparency and patriotism.

“I salute your predecessors for their contributions toward national building and in particular for the vital role they have played as ad-hoc staff of national elections,’’ he said.

The Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilola Atilola, represented by Justice Opeyemi Oke, administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members.


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