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Sanwo-Olu, reps urge government agencies not to reject corps members

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the House of Representatives Committee on Youths Development have charged federal and state government agencies not to reject members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to their offices.

The governor spoke when he hosted members of the committee yesterday at the Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the state government would, within its powers, accommodate youths through programmes and policies that would help them develop, while they contribute to national development.

According to him, the state government will always support the NYSC, adding that while the state government spends on federal agencies, the Federal Government should engage more with youths by letting them know the importance of diversity.

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Chairman of the house committee, Adeyemi Adaramodu, urged the Lagos government to solidify its relationship with the Federal Government in ensuring that youths were engaged.

“For corps members not to get stranded, buses should be provided to assist them in moving to their various destinations. Also, l appeal to the state government to give a face-lift to the NYSC Secretariat, which is usually flooded during the rainy season,” he said.

“Among South West states, it is only Lagos that does not have an orientation camp. They should expedite action to put up a befitting orientation camp and build a good corps members’ lodge,” he said.

The house committee also visited the state’s NYSC orientation camp site and expressed satisfaction over the precaution to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Said he, “Our assessment is that this camp is very exceptional; from the gate, we saw the measures put in place by the management of this camp to control Covid-19. The compound is very neat.

“When we got to know the slogan ‘Excellent Corps Members’, I knew they were excellent. Though we need a lot of development in the area because this is just a temporary site. The permanent site will soon be ready. The state government promised that it would be ready very soon and before that one is ready, facilities will be added to the management of NYSC in Lagos.”

He also promised that after discussion with the Lagos government, the corps members would be getting incentives before the end of their service.

He enjoined corps members not to travel outside their camps or state of deployment to avoid being victims of accidents and kidnapping.

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