One of the senior citizens and seasoned administrators who served the National Youth Service Corps meritoriously while in active service, Mr. Sunday Olanrewaju Ologun has described the noble Scheme as the bedrock of lasting relationships.
Sharing his personal life experiences with the 2021 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko, the retired NYSC administrator said that friendships cultivated during the service year have assisted many to find their bearing in society today.
“Gentlemen corps members, the service year has been described as a meeting point of graduate youths from different backgrounds where they network, share and hatch creative ideas that will eventually catapult them to greatness in life”
As manager of youths and former administrator in this youth organisation, we have followed with keen interest relationships between several corps members from different backgrounds that have assisted them to attain stardom. You can start one today if you are yet to do so”.
Ologun, who retired as Deputy Director enjoined the corps participants to stand firmly on the motto of the Scheme which is Service and Humility as this will open doors of greatness to many of them.
“You must have it at the back of your mind that as the name implies, service which is a keyword and all-encompassing denotes that you should totally submit yourselves and make necessary sacrifices needed to uplift this great country”.
“To achieve this task, let discipline be your propelling force. It is near impossible to achieve greatness if you lack required discipline in some areas of your life and I want to admonish you to read books about great and successful personalities, and what I am saying will have a meaning to you”.
“You have been exposed to four cardinal programmes of NYSC which are all geared towards preparing you for an arduous task of nation-building and ultimately to make you a better and responsible citizen of Nigeria,” he said.
Ologun who served as two time State Coordinator in Kwara from August 2006 to June 2008, and Edo between September 2013 and December 2014 respectively appealed to the corps members to protect their family name and ensure they remain good ambassadors of the noble Scheme.
“For you to be celebrated as our heroes, you have to render selfless and committed service to people in your host communities as well as your various places of primary assignment when you leave the camp in a few days time. The citizens and residents of the Sunshine State are looking forward to seeing you, and I want to tell you to remember the children of who you are”.
“You have been mobilised and consequently deployed to Ondo State. Serve the nation as a problem solver and do not add to the plethora of challenges bedevilling the country. Government, as well as your respective families, have invested in you and I beg you not to allow the investment to go down the drain”.
“As you are preparing to enter the second phase of the service which is the primary assignment, I charge you to be conscious of your personal security and restrain from living an ostentatious life and guard yourselves against making a reckless and inflammatory statement”.
“Finally, Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme is an intervention of Federal Government through NYSC that has been specially designed to reduce graduate unemployment and give you several positive reasons to testify that you have indeed passed through the process of making yourselves job creators but not job seekers after the service year”.
“While thanking the management team of the NYSC Scheme for extending this privilege to me for this experience-sharing among the vibrant youths, I want to wish you all-round success during the service year” he concluded.
The State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani appreciated the retired Deputy Director for the quality time he spent with the members of the service corps and wish him well in his post-retirement endeavours.