The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has lauded the foresight of the founders of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), for establishing a platform that promotes national unity and integration.
Oyetola, speaking during a courtesy visit to his office by NYSC’s National Governing Board on Friday, in his office at Abere, Osogbo, also commended the scheme for its role in building entrepreneurial values in youths through the mandatory orientation programme.
“NYSC is a scheme that is significant to national unity and integration. It has proven to be a major driving force for unity particularly among the youths. There is nothing like religious or ethnic divide, everyone is simply satisfied to be identified as a Corper.
“This kind of atmosphere, where your affiliation or origin does not matter much, is what we should strive to attain in Nigeria.
“On the basis of this very critical and significant derivative of the scheme, it should actually be encouraged. Believe me, this is a scheme we are all proud of having experienced its benefits.
“Apart from fostering national unity and integration, the scheme has become a veritable tool for entrepreneurial training during the orientation programmes, and this is very critical to youth engagement in our country today.
“I will like to implore our youths to embrace this opportunity to foster unity across the country and shun violence.
“Those serving in our dear state should also count themselves lucky because you have been posted to the most peaceful state in the country. Aside our overall peace profile, we have not also recorded instances of disputes between corps members and security agencies. This is also commendable.
“But I must advise our corps members to ensure that they work closely and relate well with the community where they live. They should avoid going out at odd times, not because the environment is not safe, but because it is better to stay safe”, Oyetola stated.
He also promised to review the requests presented by the authorities to ascertain the ones the state can attend to as a matter of urgency, adding that support for the scheme falls within the purview of his administration’s commitment to youth development.
In her earlier remarks, the leader of the representatives of the NYSC Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Bala Abubakar, commended the Osun government for its warmth and responsiveness towards youths, within and outside of the scheme.
She also commended the ambience of the Oreintation Camp in Osun especially the facilities.
Part of the requests presented to the state government include: a revitalised clinic, security, erosion control, expansion of multipurpose hall, and a permanent secretariat.