The Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has said that individuals who wished to be fulfilled in life must render selfless service to society.
Mrs. Ani made this disclosure on Thursday during the send forth organised in honour of the immediate past State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio and three other Assistant Directors.
The State Coordinator said that Mrs. Akpabio devoted her entire three and half years in Ondo State to make invaluable contributions to uplift the Scheme in the Sunshine State.
“It is on record that what Mrs. Akpabio achieved during her tenure as the State Coordinator is outstanding and we are building on the solid foundation she laid. Her achievements cover a wide range of activities and that is why we are celebrating the woman of excellence she is today”.
Mrs. Ani said that posterity will be kind to this woman with a large heart because she transformed the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko and pursue infrastructural development with uncommon vigour and commitment.
The testimonies of distinguished guests in honour of Mrs. Akpabio who is now with the Planning, Research and Statistics at the Directorate Headquarters, Abuja was tremendous.
They all testified to the generous nature of the ‘Gracious Grace’ whose humility and a deep sense of responsibility has placed her above her peers.
In response, Mrs. Akpabio said she could not find words to appreciate everyone for the encomiums showered on her.
Mrs. Akpabio thanked everyone for the love shown to her and pray that God will repay individuals for the unflinching support rendered to her in the course of her service in Ondo State.
“Ondo State has become my second home and I cannot but especially thank my husband for the love and understanding he has been supporting me with since I joined the Scheme. Also, the entire workforce of NYSC for diligently discharging their responsibilities” she said.
“I wish to place on records the immeasurable support and assistance received from the Government and good people of Ondo State, right from His Excellency, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN), the State Executive Council members, the political office holders and the career Public Servants and others too numerous to mention and I want to say that I am deeply humbled for the support.
“To the fourth estate of the realm, the Gentlemen of the Press who are not relenting in giving us adequate coverage and positive publicity all the times, I say a very big thank you to you all”.
Mrs. Akpabio who responded on behalf of other celebrants, Messrs Oyebade, Babatunde John; Henry, John Suru and Ogunfidodo Adebowale thanked her successor, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani and members of staff for celebrating them.
The event which was grand in nature and colourful by all standards had in attendance, Ondo State Commissioner of Police, CP Bolaji Amidu Salami; the immediate past acting Commissioner of Health, Hon Dr Jibayo Adeyeye; immediate past Commissioner of Works, Hon. Saka Yusuff Ogunleye; one time Head of Service, Barrister Toyin Akinkuotu and Chairman, Ondo State Board of Inland Revenue Service.
The occasion also had in attendance, General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Akure, Pastor Segun Ojelade, the Branch Manager of Benin Electricity Distribution Company, representative of General Manager, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria FRCN Positive 102.5 FM; Heads of Federal Establishments in Ondo State and others too numerous to mention.
NYSC Parade Band provided music and entertainment while some corps members added glamour to the event.