The Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development in Ondo State, Barrister Akindotun Owanikin has asserted that the advantages of the NYSC to national development outweighs any other consideration.
Barrister Owanikin stated this when the NYSC management team led by the State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio paid a courtesy call on him in his office in Akure.
According to him the Scheme has come and will be part of our psyche as long as we have the entity called Nigeria.
He disclosed that the Scheme has done much in the areas of education and rural infrastructures.
Owanikin said “Corps members have continued to support and give their best to all the tiers of Government in ensuring that standards of education is maintained in line with what is obtainable in other parts of the world.
“There is no community you will go in all the nooks and crannies of this country that you will not see at least two or more corps members giving out their best to impact positively on their host communities”.
He pointed out that the NYSC has become an household name and it remains one of the few institutions that is uniting this country.
He charged corps members to see the time of national service as a period to develop themselves for the challenges ahead of them.
“Let me use this opportunity to charge the corps members to see the mandatory one year service to our fatherland as a transition period from dependency to independence and not a period to enjoy the much touted national cake.
“It is unfortunate that a majority of the participants see the service year as a period of liberty where that can do as they wish but far from it, the period should be used to develop their skills and prepare for the imminent challenges that lies ahead of them”.
Mr Owanikin promised to partner with and add value to the Scheme during his tenure.
“I want to let you know that Government cannot provide for all the needs of the NYSC in Ondo State but I want to assure you that based on the mutual understanding already existing between NYSC and the Ministry, we shall do our utmost best to build on the achievements of my predecessor”, he said.
Speaking earlier, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio on behalf of the Director General and the NYSC Family nationwide congratulated and welcomed on board ,the new commissioner whose responsibility is to see to the well being of the operations of the Scheme in Ondo State.
The State Coordinator while wishing the new board Chairman a successful tenure pleaded for enhanced relationship and better understanding of the programmes and activities of the Scheme in the state.
“I want to make a passionate appeal to the State Government to improve and upgrade the facilities at the camp. This will guarantee our hosting rights and at the same time put a permanent stop to dislodgement to other states which does not speak well for our image as a state”.
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