No fewer than 1, 900 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have taken oath of allegiance in the Batch ‘A’ orientation course in Kwara.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mrs Ikupolati Tosin, who disclosed this during the oath-taking said that the NYSC members were made up of 961 males and 939 females.
The oath was administered on the corps members by Justice Helen Ajayi who represented the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Kawu.
Mrs Ikupolati said the orientation course marked the beginning of the induction, training and development of the youths after graduating from various institutions of learning.
“It also marks the beginning of yet another phase in their lives. Therefore, I sincerely congratulate you all for your laudable achievement,” she added,
The coordinator told the corps members that there would be strict observance of regimentation in all activities during the three-week programme.
“The orientation course would also include training in physical fitness and mental alertness, lectures, social and sporting activities which would equip you for the challenges during and after the service year.
“You are therefore strongly advised to conform accordingly and also ensure active participation in all camp activities while living harmoniously with one another,’’ she said.
She urged them to exhibit the same commitment to duty that would be assigned to them in the course of the national service.
The coordinator, however, called on the state government and other public-spirited individuals to assist in solving the challenges the camp was still facing.
According to her, the camp lacks a perimeter fence, making the camp insecure for the corps members and camp officials.
She also called for measures to ease the perennial shortage of water in the camp.
Mrs Kupolati commended the management of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority for donating borehole to the camp.
The state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, who read the message of President Muhammadu Buhari, also declared the camp open.
The governor was also represented by the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Muyideen Alalade.