State Coordinator of the National Youths Service Scheme (NYSC), in Kwara, Mr Remigius Amaefule has advised employers to make their welfare and security of corps members deployed to their offices top priority.
The coordinator said this on Wednesday at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu local government in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ orientation course.
He said the 1, 940 corps members have been posted according to their areas of discipline and specialization across the 16 local government areas of Kwara based on the NYSC posting policy.
“I wish to state categorically that the optimum welfare and security of our Corps members is paramount to us.
“Therefore, we shall not hesitate to repost any of our Corps members from any corps employers, if we discover they are not well taken care of, or are under-utilized,” Amaefule added.
The Coordinator therefore implored all the corps members to accept their posting in good faith.
He warned the corps members not to induce their rejection for any reason, adding that failure to comply with directive on posting will attract serious sanctions.
“My appeal to you is to settle down in your respective local government areas and contribute your own quota to the development of our great nation, Nigeria, through Community Development Service Projects (CDS),” he said.
The coordinator also advised the corps members to make use of the skill acquisition ventures that they were exposed to during the three-week orientation.
“You are ambassadors of your families, State and NYSC, never do anything that will bring their names to disrepute,” he advised the corps members.
The Coordinator also appealed to them to always be security conscious, study their environment well and stay away from trouble spots throughout the service year.
“I advise you not to embark on unauthorized journeys outside the state as it may attract sanctions apart from other associated risks,” he added.
Amaefule encourage the corps embers to study the culture and tradition of their host communities.
“You must as a matter of courtesy respect their norms and values and steer clear of their taboos and local politics,” he added.
The coordinator commended the State Government for the donation of 300 mattresses, 300 plastic chairs and 150 double bunk beds; adding that the beds were yet to be received.
“I also appreciate the State Muslims Welfare Board and the Osun State NYSC for releasing some mattresses to us at a time we were in dire need,” he added.
In his address, the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed commended the Corps members for the successful completion of the 21- day orientation course.
The Governor, represented by the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole saluted their courage, patriotism, doggedness and loyalty demonstrated throughout the period of the twenty-onedays’ orientation exercise.
“As you set out to go and report at your places of primary assignment, I urge you to follow the indelible footprints of your predecessors, by acting as catalysts of physical and socio-economic development of our state and nation in general,” he added.
The Governor advised the Corps members to make use of the skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development with the hope that many of them might be spurned to go into self-employment after service.
Ahmed told the corps members that in as much as government at all levels was making effort to solve the perennial unemployment problem among Nigerian youths, the few opportunities cannot go round.
“Therefore, it behoves on you to take advantage of your service year to prepare yourselves towards self-employment and becoming eventual employers of labour,” the Governor said.
Gov Ahmed assured the corps members of his government’s readiness to place more priority on the issue of their welfare and security throughout the service year.
“No stone will be left unturned in ensuring that you have a smooth and hitch-free service in the state.
“The State Government will continue to improve facilities in the orientation camp in order to make it more habitable for the ever-increasing corps population,” he added.
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