Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has urged National Youth Service Corps members deployed to the state to make themselves leading light for the present and future generations.
Oyetola gave the advice at the swearing in ceremony of the 2019 Batch B stream 1 Corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, on Thursday.
The governor represented by his deputy, Mr Olugboyega Alabi stated the importance of youths in the development of the nation and called on them to see their mobilisation as an opportunity to serve and impact the state positively.
“Complement the gestures of NYSC and the government by being good ambassadors and advocates of peaceful coexistence and the corporate existence of our nation.
“I implore you to take with utmost seriousness this noble call and dedicate yourselves towards achieving the scheme’s goal of national unity and development.
“Remember that you are the greatest asset of our nation. As future leaders and key determiners of the peace and stability of our nation, I want you to channel your energy, vigour and drive towards the achievements of lofty ideals and aspirations”, the governor said.
The state coordinator of the NYSC in Osun state, Mr Adewale Adegoke, urged the corps members not to see their posting as a waste of time, but an opportunity to explore the rich culture of the people of the state and make lasting friendships.
“Do not see your deployment to the state as a sheer waste of time, but rather see it as a time to explore the richness in the culture and diversity of the people of the state of Osun.
“Just as real gold is not picked up on the streets but rather discovered, so also true friendships and connections are not found and maintained by sheer luck but built through careful devotion and commitment. Therefore, strive to build and maintain quality friendship during the course of the Orientation and hereafter”.
Adegoke further noted that Corps members were expected to make the most of their service year by keying into the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED) of the Scheme, to make themselves self-reliant and job creators after Service.
Honourable Oyejide Falola, who was represented by the Chief Judge of the state of Osun, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, administered the Oath of Allegiance on the Corps members.
A total of 2,600 Corps members, comprising 1,430 males and 1,170 females, were inducted.