Go And Nurture The Seeds Planted In You – Ondo Coordinator, Ani Charges Corps Members


By Simeon Bankole

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) State Coordinator in Ondo State, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has charged corps members to nurture the seeds of patriotism and selfless service implanted in them in the course of the orientation programme.

The State Coordinator made the charge in her speech during the low-key closing ceremony devoid of parade and funfair of the 2023 Batch ‘C’ (Stream II) orientation course.

Addressing the members of the service corps inside the Multipurpose Hall at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, Mrs. Ani said that corps members should put to use all that they have learnt during the three weeks of orientation course so that the exercise would not be an effort in futility.

“My dear Kings and Queens, the three weeks you have spent in this orientation camp can be likened to a farm in which the farmer prepares the ground, plants seeds and expects a bountiful harvest at the end of the farming season. Likewise, the orientation course is prepared as a training ground where seeds of love, oneness, unity, sacrifice, commitment, selfless service etc are planted in you with the hope that when you exit camp and commence the service year, all the things learnt will come to bear in your daily activities throughout the service year.

“As members of the NYSC team and collaborating agencies, we have performed our obligatory assignment to see that you are purged of tribalism, religious bigotry, parochial sentiments and other vices that tend to divide us as a nation, rather you have been given new names such as change agents, nation builders, destiny moulders and influencers that the nation eagerly awaits their contributions to develop the country.”

The NYSC Ondo State boss disclosed that the citizens and residents of the most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa expected much from them and that they could not afford to fail them.

“Gentlemen Corps Members, the citizens and residents of this great nation expect much from you. You cannot afford not to deliver the profit of investment the nation and your respective families put in you. You are expected to contribute meaningfully to critical areas of nation-building such as agriculture, education, health, rural infrastructures and other sectors that will drive the economy.

“You have the potential going by your outstanding performances during the orientation course and I want to let you know that it is an honour and privilege that you have been called upon to serve the nation. Many are called but few are chosen. Count yourselves lucky to be among the chosen ones,” she advised.

The amiable administrator reminded them that the Federal Government is not sending them to society to go and act as black sheep but as responsible and patriotic Nigerians who will support the present administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR to facilitate the involvement of youths in technological advancement as well as investing their youthful energies towards liberating the down-trodden and the less privileged.

“Your mobilisation and subsequent deployment for the mandatory one-year service to the nation has allowed you to participate in the in-camp training of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme and I want to encourage you to follow up with post-camp training wherever you are posted for primary assignment so that the objectives of establishing the laudable intervention would be achieved.

“You have been exposed to Information and Communication Technology and other modern ways of achieving results in a competitive global market and our collaboration with financial institutions, youth development and empowerment organisations as well as global IT providers such as Google stand you a better chance to contribute your quota meaningfully to the overall development of Nigeria.”

She charged them to maintain the discipline they exhibited while on camp. She admonished them never to indulge in risky behaviours capable of putting them in harm’s way or taking a path that would put the name of the laudable Scheme built over five decades into disrepute.

Mrs. Ani warned that the management will take seriously and meet appropriate sanctions on anyone found engaging in acts of disobedience to constituted authority such as embarking on night journeys, absenteeism at the place of primary assignment and travelling without permission.

The State Coordinator, while wishing them a trouble-free service year promised to visit them at their various Local Government.

The 1,902 corps members registered for service in Ondo, the Sunshine State three weeks earlier.

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