The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) has canvassed for repositioning of the NYSC Scheme for improved and better performance.
Governor Akeredolu made this view known on Tuesday when he received the eleven ex-corps members from Ondo State who won the NYSC Presidential Honours Award.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Honourable Lucky Aiyedatiwa said that rather than calling for the scrapping of the Scheme which he described as a unifier, efforts should be made to strengthen the operations to meet with the present-day challenges.
“NYSC is a Scheme that has been contributing to the physical development, moral rectitude, and intellectual reservoir of the nation and as a result of these noble roles, all hands must remain on deck and efforts geared towards ensuring its continuous sustenance.
He said that the Government and the good people of Ondo State are proud of the eleven beneficiaries of the award describing them as worthy ambassadors of Sunshine State.
“The Government and good people of our dear state are proud of you as our priceless citizens and we want to salute your commitment, diligence, and hard work which counted you worthy and earned you national recognition.
The Governor listed some of the things NYSC has benefitted under the present disposition which included renovation of corps members hostels and staff quarters, construction of Perimeter fence, assistance during orientation courses, and declared that the Government is poised to do more.
“We have been fulfilling our responsibility to the NYSC Scheme in the State so that it can achieve the mandate on which it is established and I want to say with all emphasis that our administration will continue to support the Scheme in any ways possible”.
“It has come to my attention the deplorable state of the Parade Ground and I wish to let you know that efforts would be intensified to work on the facility and continue where we stopped on the renovation of infrastructures at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko”.
Akeredolu, who is a youth-friendly Governor who is equally very passionate about youth development and empowerment said that his administration will partner with NYSC to boost agriculture in the State.
“Our Government in collaboration with NYSC will engage our teeming youths to boost agriculture and food production through the NYSC Pilot Farm located at Iju Ita-ogbolu in Akure North Local Government Area of the state,” he said.
The reception for the award winners was witnessed by the first female Secretary to the State Government, Princess Catherine Oludunni Odu; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Joel Olugbenga Ale; the Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo, Special Adviser to Governor on Youth and Students Affairs, Honourable Muyiwa Ogunyemi Eyitayo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Engineer Wemimo Ogunsanmi and top government functionaries.