The Director, NYSC Southwest Area Office, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses has declared that achievements attained are measured by the level of discipline individuals display in the face of life challenges.
The Director made this declaration Wednesday when she addressed the 2021 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) Corps members currently undergoing three weeks orientation course at NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
Mrs. Akin-Moses implored the corps members to rededicate their lives and struggles to perseverance, patience, and be focused.
“Life will throw many challenges at you but if you persevere and detest get-rich-quick syndrome and condition your mind that Rome was not built in a day, you will definitely reach your goals in life”.
“If you apply the principle of discipline in every facet of life, you will be surprised at the speed at which success will come your way. I am not saying the roads leading to greatness are laced with gold and silver but your discipline level will surely make the difference”.
“As corps members, you don’t have to toe the path of those whose source of income or wealth is questionable just because the society is given them undeserved recognition but you should endeavour to follow honourable path and allow the lessons learned during the orientation course to shape your lives”.
The NYSC administrator informed the corps members that NYSC was established forty-eight years ago, among other things to instill discipline in the participants and basically to promote the unity and integration of this nation.
“If you go through the brief overview of the NYSC Scheme as contained in the orientation service guide, you will know that after the civil war, the then Federal Government under the retired General Yakubu Gowon introduced the Scheme to raise a new crop of disciplined and detribalised Nigerians to undergo national service in states other than their own for the purpose of national development and integration.”
She encouraged the members of the service corps to associate and network with their colleagues they met during the service year in order to create and establish sustained relationships.
Mrs. Akin-Moses, who once served as State Coordinator in Oyo and Plateau states respectively advised the corps members to go into the service year and add value to their lives.
“I am appealing to my patriotic children in the national service to go out and render selfless service to the various communities you will find yourselves and leave lasting legacies.
“Don’t just pass through NYSC but allow the motto of the Scheme which is Service and Humility to be your watchword and guiding principle throughout the period of your service year and beyond. Be humble and respectful everywhere you go.
“Humility will open many doors of opportunities for you. Your future starts today and I want to enjoin you to think of laudable programmes you can impact your host communities with that will make you a reference point.”
The NYSC top management staff who has served in various states which included Niger, Kaduna, Kano, and Directorate Headquarters before assuming the present status charged the corps members to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the Scheme.
“The successful captains of industries and outstanding entrepreneurs you are seeing today started little and I want to admonish you not to despise the little beginning but determine to bloom and blossom in your chosen skills and vocations.”
She advised the corps participants to take their personal security seriously and not to be like the ostrich who buries his head on the sand and is oblivious of what is happening around him.
The Director concluded her address by advising the corps members to always observe the non-pharmaceutical protocols of COVID -19 and arm themselves with relevant information and awareness on the best way to curtail the spread of the dreaded virus.
The State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani conducted the visiting Director round the camp on inspection of camp facilities in which Mrs. Akin-Moses was impressed with what she saw.
The State Coordinator while giving the brief on camp activities appreciated the unflinching support of camp officials which she attributed to commitment and sacrifice to ensure smooth operations and policy implementation.