NYSC Ondo Coordinator, Ani Seeks Monarchs’ Support for Infrastructural Development of Camp

The NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has called on two prominent royal fathers where the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp is situated to assist in the infrastructural development of the camp.

Speaking separately at the palaces of Olukare of Ikareland and Owa-Ale Adimula of Ikareland, the State Coordinator appealed to the two foremost traditional rulers in the Akoko Division of the Sunshine State to encourage their subjects to come over to the camp and erect structures which will assist to overcome some challenges.

“I wish to intimate His Royal Majesty that NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Ikare-Akoko is one of the oldest in the country and some of the facilities and structures are begging for upgrading and replacement as the case may be.

“The hostels are no longer adequate to cater for the accommodation needs of the ever-increasing corps population and we need to have more hostels to cater for these promising young and patriotic Nigerians.

“Your Royal Majesty, I am not unmindful of the various assistance we have received from the palace but the situation is becoming more challenging and the best option we have is to run to the palace for immediate intervention.

“Our prayer at NYSC is that you will take advantage of the peace reigning in your domain to appeal to your subjects, especially the philanthropists to come over to the NYSC camp and immortalise their names by erecting more buildings to cater for this reoccurring challenge.

“I want to acknowledge the undeniable fact that the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) led administration in the State has invested heavily on the camp but the fact remains that only Government cannot do all things, hence the need for this clarion call.

“There is no country in the whole wide world where Governments provide all the needs of the society. People with large hearts and human milk of kindness in them are always complementing and supporting the good intentions and leadership that government provides.

“I must be honest with you Kabiyesi, we spend a humongous amount of money to maintain the majority of the structures and facilities because of its old nature and you will agree with me that to maintain old structures gulps a lot,” she explained.

She thanked the royal fathers for the welfare and provision of security to corps members serving in their domains.

Responding at his palace, the Olukare of Ikareland, His Royal Majesty (Oba) Saliu Akadiri Momoh said that it took him several efforts to attract the camp to Ikare and he will continue to do everything humanly possible within his means to support and attract assistance to the camp.

“I have been praying for you and I will not relent to attract support and assistance to the camp which no doubt has improved the economic activities of our people.

Oba Momoh promised to table the request for more hostels to the Olukare in Council and notable citizens of Ikare and believed that the visit will produce positive results.

Olukare, the immediate past Chairman of Ondo State Council of Traditional Rulers gifted the 2021 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1) corps members the sum of fifty thousand naira (#50,000) to support their camp activities.

At the palace of Owa-Ale Adimula of Ikareland, His Royal Majesty (Oba) Adeleke Adefemi Adegbite-Adedoyin expressed his continuous support for the Scheme with a promise to mobilise his subjects to do something tangible and worthwhile at the camp.

“NYSC camp in Ikareland is our heritage and we shall do all things possible within our jurisdiction to protect and prevent it from decaying”.

Oba Adeleke Adegbite-Adedoyin disclosed that the palace in conjunction with the Owa-Ale in Council and notable subjects of the ancient town will not just come and do something at the camp but ‘something massive that NYSC will be proud of’.

The monarch who still appears in a law court as a Barrister and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria used the opportunity to encourage members of the service corps to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the Scheme.

“My dear children, SAED is the best programme to happen to you. Think of the skills or vocations you will learn right here during your orientation course and improve on them during your service year.

“It is more profitable, rewarding, and fulfilling to be an employer rather than an employee. I am into large-scale farming aside from my law practice and I want you to be focused and be determined to succeed as entrepreneurs and captains of industries.

“When you are successful as honest Nigerians, do not forget about Ikareland but come back to the ancient town and give back to the society where through NYSC you had your turning point to prosperity” he concluded.

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