Parents of corps members deployed to Ondo State and their colleagues dislodged from Lagos State have been assured of adequate security for their children and wards.
The Ondo State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani gave the assurance during the low-key Swearing-in Ceremony where she declared to open the orientation course for the 2021 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) service year.
“I wish to assure the parents and guardians of the corps members that there is no cause for alarm as the Scheme remains alive to its core responsibility of adequately catering for the security and welfare of corps members”.
The State Coordinator strongly advised the corps members to take their personal security seriously and with unflinching sensitivity.
“The security situation in our darling nation is of grave concern to all of us who believed in the project called Nigeria and I want to admonish you to protect your lives first and above all other considerations”.
She disclosed that shortly after she returned from the Pre Orientation Workshop held in Nasarawa State, she visited all the Security Chiefs and uniform agencies and they all assured her of adequate protection and safety for corps members serving or deployed to the Sunshine State and those that would be passing through her territory to other parts of the country.
The 19th Chief Executive to head the NYSC Ondo State specifically appealed to corps members to face the business they have come to do during the service year and live a decent life devoid of ostentatious exposures which may put them to security threat.
The NYSC Ondo State boss promised to continue to liaise with Security Chiefs from time to time so that security architecture and network apparatus put in place remains dynamic and rigid.
“Still talking on security and welfare of corps members, I wish to announce that following the outbreak of Lassa Fever and Coronavirus pandemic, the National Youth Service Corps Scheme, as a proactive measure embarked on far-reaching actions in order to guide against the contraction of the deadly virus by corps members”.
According to her, the Scheme has been in constant touch with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC), Federal Ministry of Health as well as the Teaching/Medical Centres nationwide ‘and they have been playing supportive roles by lending technical support to the Scheme’.
She disclosed that infrared thermometers, antiseptic hand sanitizers, face masks, wash hand basins as well as liquid soaps were provided in all the 37 NYSC Secretariats and at strategic locations at orientation camps nationwide.
“My beloved children in the national service, it is imperative that I inform you that this orientation course is a special one as we have to observe all the protocols of COVID -19. For emphasis sake, you are expected to use a face mask immediately you step out of your hostels and it must be worn appropriately during all programmes and activities, and ensure that you maintain both physical and social distancing at all events”.
Mrs. Ani praised the ingenuity of the NYSC management for the establishment of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme and encouraged the corps members to embrace it wholeheartedly.
“My distinguished and patriotic members of the service corps, NYSC in her bid to make graduates captains of industries, entrepreneurs and be self-employed came up with a life-changing programme that will make you self reliant during and after that service year”.
“I am encouraging you to enroll for the in-camp training where some skills and vocations would be handled by highly competent Trainers and Facilitators. Please make hay while the sun shines” she added.
The multi-talented Public Relations expert appreciated the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for his supportive roles on the matter of NYSC in the State and for ‘wholeheartedly accepted to host dislodged prospective corps members from Lagos State.
The Chief Judge of Ondo State who was competently represented by the Honourable Justice Oluwafeyisayo Kuteyi, Ph.D. administered the Oath of Allegiance on 1072 prospective corps members deployed to Ondo State and 212 dislodged from Lagos State.