By Peculiar Chukwuma
GOVERNOR of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has tasked corps members who just completed their three-week orientation programme not to forget the idealswhich established the NYSC scheme.
Amosun stated this during the closing orientation for the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 Corps Members held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Sagamu, on Monday.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Ogun State, Mr Afolabi Afuape, urged them to be worthy ambassadors who would project the country’s image positively. He commended them for their perseverance throughout the period of training.
Amosun while reminding the corps members of the aims and objectives of the NYSC scheme, pleaded with them to foster and promote unity in diversity wherever they are posted.
He said: “I encourage you to put in more dedication and selflessness into serving your fatherland; as stated in a line of the NYSC anthem. Just as many of your predecessors have proven themselves worthy of praise in their various places of assignments in time past, you have a noble heritage to uphold.
“Be rest assured that the people of Ogun State are very hospitable and caring. “You must ensure that you identify with the people of your host community, support their hopes and aspirations and your entire service year will surely be worthwhile and memorable.”
Afuape, however urged the young graduates to begin to concentrate on exploring their potentials and putting their talents to use. “The reality of global unemployment means that not every graduate can have access to white-collar jobs, thereby prompting the need to be innovative.
“Education should be functional, people should go to school to be able to function independently and create wealth for themselves and others.
“You must make good use of the NYSC scheme to develop specialised vocational skills to supplement the few available white-collar jobs. You must ensure you keep yourselves busy always for your own good,” Afuape said.
While accepting that the opportunities for enterprise and access to loans are limited, the commissioner urged the youths to challenge themselves through innovation and setting targets. Ogun State is ready to provide funding for those who are enterprising enough and qualify on merit.
“We know that it is not enough to learn a skill without an avenue to discharge knowledge so we will support as many as we can where funds are available.”
The commissioner also used the occasion to appeal to the Federal Government to reinstate the National Sports Festival which has been suspended since 2012.