By Gbenga Olarinoye
THE relationship between the National Youth Service Corps and Ede community, a town where the camp of NYSC is located in Osun State, has been further strengthened with the recent donation of wheelchairs to some physically challenged individuals by the NYSC in the town.
The Osun State Coordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, who led other officials of NYSC to the palace of Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Lawal, disclosed that Ede has been known for peace since the NYSC camp was situated in the town.
Attah who said the Director-General of the Scheme, Suleiman Kazaure, directed that the three wheelchairs be presented to three physically challenged people who are indigent in the state, added that the choice of Ede was to further strengthen the love that has existed between the two for decades now. The NYSC coordinator said, “the DG is not only passionate about the welfare of corps members and its staff but also about the community in which we find ourselves.”
Attah noted that the choice of Ede was not by accident, but because it hosts the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, saying the town remains the first point of call for any corps members coming to Osun State. “And in honour and respect to our father, the Timi of Ede, Oba Muniru Lawal, Laminisa l, we cannot but start with the host community with this three chairs to be given to the physically challenged. More of this chairs are still been expected to be distributed to other people,” he said.
He disclosed that the wheelchairs are being distributed all over the country, saying, “I urge philanthropists in our society to do whatever they could do for the indigenes, as a means of showing gratitude and paying our own tithe to God. We are here with three wheel chairs to be distributed. It is going on in all the states of the federation. We look to the town for support in the protection of lives of corps members.
However, Attah used the occasion to inform the people that another orientation camp will begin on May 15, 2017, urging the intending corpers to get prepared and do all that is necessary for the orientation. The beneficiaries of the wheelchairs are: Shittu Toibat, Azeez Rafiu, Jimoh Lukman, the trio being indigenes of Ede town.
Speaking, Oba Lawal expressed gratitude to the NYSC for choosing Ede as the first place, to begin the gesture, assuring that the town would continue to support the scheme.
“We received the gesture with joy and happiness. When the news got to me that NYSC was coming to donate wheel chair to the less privileged, I was so happy. That’s why we tried to gather the three people out of many that we have in our community, at least to benefit from the gesture of NYSC. We are very grateful and the community is very happy.
“If those that are well to do within the community can just emulate the gesture of NYSC, it would have been better, because we have so many people like these less privilege among us within the community that can be helped. With the wheel chair now, they can be able to move from one point to another, even instead of begging around, they can be using this one as movement that will assist them on earning their day-to-day living and they will be comfortable.
“So, we want to enjoin those people that are well to do within our community to please emulate this gesture and give assistance to the less privileged so that our community will be better. We extend our appreciation to the NYSC community for deeming it fit to start the programme in Ede. We are assuring you of our continuous support.”
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Lukman, appreciated the gestures for the less privileged, praying that NYSC would not lose any of its corps in the town.