The National Youth Service Corps, Ondo State Secretariat has lived up to her billing as one of the country’s most active Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme participants.
This was made known during the grand finale of the NYSC SAED Festivals held at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja where the First Lady and wife of the President, Hajia Aishat Buhari was the Special Guest of Honour.
During the colourful and well-organised event chaired by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Oshinbajo who represented the First Lady, NYSC Ondo State Secretariat, as predicted, as a result of her activities and antecedents since the programme was established almost ten years ago won the ‘State Most Supportive of SAED Activities’.
This year’s festival with the theme, ‘NYSC SAED: A Gateway to National Development was organised to promote entrepreneurship and skill acquisition among corps members nationwide.
The corps participants who competed in the Fashion Design, ICT, Cake Baking, Tie and Dye Leather Works and Bead Making displayed uncommon ingenuity and dexterity.
At the end of energy the sapping and pulsating competition, corps member Tiwo Oluwatosin with code number OD/21B/0148 beat other contestants to win the first position in Bead Making.
To cap it all, the Assistant Director/Head, SAED, Mrs. Itohan Ehimwenma was recognised for her untiring efforts and was honoured as one of the best performing State Schedule Officers.
While congratulating the recipients for making the Secretariat proud, the elated State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani attributed the success to the teamwork and resilience of the SAED team in the Sunshine State.
The State Coordinator equally thanked all the corps members that represented the State and participated in all the skills at the events for their show of sportsmanship, describing the victory as a collective one.
“My dear Gentlemen corps members, I know that you have all prepared very well and very hard too but what makes the world a better place to live is to win some and leave the rest to others. You have made NYSC Ondo State proud and the posterity will be kind to you.
“I am extremely grateful to my predecessors for laying a very good and solid foundation for the SAED programme to thrive and blossom in the State. The enviable contributions of these amiable administrators are the basis for our celebrations today and I thank God for counting me worthy to improve on the structure that has been laid” she said.
“My special thanks go to the First Lady and wife of the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu for investing hugely in the NYSC SAED programme and other sponsors and Trainers/Facilitators for committing their time and investment to make us stand on the winning podium”.
Mrs. Ani acknowledged the immeasurable contributions of the entire workforce in the Sunshine State for their prayers and supports in various ways which has helped the Scheme to remain a force to reckon with and a leading Secretariat among the sister Secretariats.
The Secretariat was represented in Fashion and Design by Orieru Lentilmiwvodere, code number OD/21B/3358; Cake Baking by Nwidee Karasira Sylvia, code number OD/21B/0662; Tie and Dye by Udoachia Idara Thursday, code number OD/21B/0207; ICT by Osang-Osowo Alfred, code number OD/21B/1025; Leather Works by Alabi Michael, code number OD/21A/1772 and Bead Making by Tiwo Oluwatosin, code number OD/21B/0148.