By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday, charged members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in the state to focus on community-based development projects in their national assignment.
Oshiomhole stated this at the closing ceremony of the 2009 Batch C orientation course for the 1043 NYSC members posted to the state, and promised to reward corps members who distinguished themselves in their community-based projects during their service year.
Oshiomhole, who was represented by the Commiss-ioner for Youths and Sports, Anita Evbuomwan, said the state government, â€œhas a tradition of rewarding excellence for NYSC members who distinguish themselves by embarking on community development projects, aimed at leaving their host communities better than they met them with handsome reward through awards and cash gifts.â€
He also charged them to live peacefully with their host communities and respect their customs and tradition.
The governor promised to complete the permanent orientation camp for the NYSC at Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area, to check the inadequacies and inconveniences suffe-red by NYSC members during the three weeks orientation exercise.
â€œOur government is committed towards demonstrating goodwill to ensure the continued success of the scheme in the state,â€ he said.
On her part, Chairman of the Governing Board of the scheme, Anita Evbuomwan, charged the Corps members not to engage in anything that would â€œsmear the good name and image the scheme has garnered over the yearsâ€.
The state coordinator of the scheme, Peter Atilola, while commending the corps members for their good conduct during their orientation, advised that they desist from unauthorized and unnecessary journeys owing to the state of roads in the country.
â€œBe reminded that you are of great importance to the government of Nigeria, precious to your parents and of inestimable value to the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC),â€ he stated.