The Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko on Thursday charged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to the state on the need to be dedicated and be committed in their capacities for the development of the state and the nation at large.
The governor gave the charge at the Swearing-in ceremony of the 2016 Batch B stream II corps members deployed to the state at the permanent orientation camp, Ikare-Akoko.
The governor, while describing the service year as once in a life time opportunity, urged the corps members to manage it with diligence and maturity.
Dr Mimiko, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports in the state, Hon Dayo Awude who also doubles as the chairman of NYSC governing board said: "Today marks a new turn around in your life as you are enlisted for service to this great nation of ours. I therefore want to admonish you to see this clarion call as a call to dedication and commitment in whatever capacity whether now or in the nearest future for the pride of this nation."
He said the NYSC scheme has a long and glorious record of selfless service to humanity, saying the scheme has stands out to be a national policy accepted for bringing the youth together to interact, socialize and participate in development service to communities .
He urged the the corps members to put the interest of the nation and state in all they do, saying the state government recognized their invaluable contributions to the educational development in the state.
He offered the assurances that the state government would continued to give priorities to the welfare, safety and motivational packages that would enable them to excel.
Dr Mimiko who further bemoaned the current economic challenges in the country today, said the over dependence on oil has made the country to neglect other important sectors of the economy.
Representing the chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Mr Ayodeji Adetiloye said the orientation programme was carefully tailored towards inculcating the ideas of patriotism, service and humanity into youths under a regimented environment with corresponding respect for constituted authorities.
He advised the corps members to allow discipline and selfless service to humanity to be their guiding principles ,saying these attributes would make them a successful individuals in their chosen careers.
Also speaking at the event ,the state NYSC coordinator, Mr Robert Aroni while welcoming the corps members to the state said their acceptance of the clarion call attested to their patriotism and belief in service to their fatherland and humanity.
The state coordinator who said a total of number of 2,271 corps members have been registered for the scheme ,assured that the management has put in place measures to make the induction course a success and a memorable one for the corps members.
Mr Aroni urged the corps members to be orderly and disciplined ,saying the facilities in the camp have been made conducive for their comfortability.
"I equally enjoin you to continue to comport yourselves in a disciplined manner and abide by camp rules and regulations, Do not forget as you have been rightly informed ,that the camp life is highly regimented. However ,despite the regimentation, a lot of exciting moments await you as there will be time to relax and engage in social and sporting activities."
While commending the state government for their supports over the years ,he appealed to the state government to looked into the payment of state allowance to corps members so as to compliment that of the Federal Government ,which he said has been worsened by the current economic recession in the state.
Some of the corps members who spoke with our correspondent expressed joy for their participation in the scheme.
They urged the management of the NYSC to improve on some of the facilities in the camp.
They promised to contribute their quota for the development of the state and the country at large throughout their service.