By Simeon Bankole
The State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps in Ondo State, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has charged corps members to ensure that their service has huge impact on the society.
The State Coordinator made the charge while debriefing the 2023 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members as part of activities to round off the three weeks orientation course.
Mrs. Ani said that the essence of the exercise is to spell out guidelines that corps members are expected to follow throughout the service year having successfully completed the first phase which is the orientation course.
“Gentlemen corps members, I want to admonish you to let all the lessons learnt during the orientation course come handy during the remaining cardinal programmes of the Scheme as what you have just gone through is to prepare you physically, emotionally, mentally and psychologically for the service year. The challenges out there will be a bit tough and hard but I am confident that the increase in your resilience level in the last three weeks will stand you in good stead to triumph above all challenges”.
“Remember that you have been mobilised and deployed to contribute to nation-building and anything short of this is totally unacceptable to the NYSC management. Your orientation course programme has been designed in a way that the whole service year is experimented in a manner suggestive that your expected selfless roles are placed above personal considerations”.
The NYSC Ondo State boss said that the Scheme has given a promising and guaranteed future to several millions of graduate youths who have passed through the programme and urged the members of the service corps to see their participation as an opportunity to give their best uniting the country.
“NYSC has assembled you from all the states of the federation including FCT and put you under one roof to allow you cross-fertilise ideas and come up with solutions to hydra-headed challenges bedevilling the nation and you will agree with me that the exercise has been worthwhile. You are now better informed as to the promotion of things that will make us remain one indivisible entity”.
She stated that during the service year, the corps members should be vigilant and ensure that their security is not compromised.
“My Kings and Queens, your adequate security is what we value most in NYSC and I want to implore you to be conscious of your immediate environment and the people you relate with in your host communities. Try as much as possible to be moderate in your outlook and utterances. Speaking expressly without caution is not the best for you as this may give you out to unscrupulous elements in the society. Tame your tongue, eschew all sentimental and negative thoughts towards institutions that you are obliged to promote”.
“The service year will be beautiful if you remain disciplined and focused. Honour and give respect to all people irrespective of tribe and religious leaning as this will make them stand up for you in case you are found in harm’s way. Above all, identify with a religious group or denomination that you are convinced will enhance your spiritual growth and never be found in a place you are not expected not to be throughout the service year” she admonished.
The State Coordinator emphasised on the directive that corps members should avoid night journeys and reiterated that the Scheme in the state have an understanding with stakeholders in the transport industry to enforce ‘NO TO NIGHT JOURNEYS’ directive.
“We can never be tired of emphasising and reiterating on the need to continually advise you not to engage in such adventure. The nation, your parents, loved ones as well as NYSC wants you alive and it is our hope and prayers to hand you over to your parents sound, hale and hearty at the end of the service year”.
“I want you to be good ambassador that we shall all be proud of during and after the service year. Do not forget to give your best to the services of the nation wherever you find yourself and always remember the motto of the NYSC Scheme – Service and Humility in whatever you do” she concluded.
The Orientation Broadcasting Service OBS Crew donated two ceiling fans to the Newsroom of the OBS Studio building which is experiencing finishing touches, courtesy Mrs. ‘Quality Project’ Victoria Nnenna Ani, the African Symbol.