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FG To Use NYSC Scheme To Drive Change Philosophy

Posted: May 5, 2016 at 2:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata, Lagos As the 1,023 males and 1,112 female corps member deployed by the National Youth Corps Service (NYSC) to Lagos State for the 2016 Batch A orientation training commences, the Federal Government has stated that the scheme would be used to drive the change agenda of the administration.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in a message delivered at the swearing-in ceremony for corps members at the Lagos NYSC Orientation camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Agege. He assured the corps members that the government remains committed to youth development and commended the zeal shown by young Nigerians to serve their fatherland willingly.

The President lamented that the less cheering news of growing unemployment of youths had been of serious concern to his administration, saying the challenge of corruption had taken a great toll on the Nigerian youths at their prime productive ages.

“The collapse of industries and the eventual over bearing pressure to grab public jobs has put the nation in a sorry state, employment wise. Thousands of graduates from the higher institutions of learning get frustrated daily, as they search for non-existing jobs”, he said.
“That is why this administration is anxious to recover illicit wealth to channel them to productive economic venture to absorb thousands into employment,” the President added.

In his introductory address, Mr. Cyril Akhanemhe, NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, explained that the orientation exercise was aimed at instilling in the youths leadership qualities of discipline, perseverance, loyalty, diligence, determination, integrity, courage and the ability to live amicably with one another.
He said: “The camp is a regimented place giving you no choice, but to comply with the various instructions coming from constituted authority. Consequently, you shall be subjected to paramilitary drills, Man O War training, physical fitness exercise, martial arts, lectures on the culture and customs of the host communities, skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development and other professional courses among others.”

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State in an address read on his behalf by Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties, assured the 2,135 corps members of an enabling environment that will give room for them to blossom and optimise their capacities to drive the change agenda of the federal government.

“I charge you to exhibit the highest degree of loyalty, dedication, discipline and commitment to national ideals; and be a testament of the wishes and aspiration of our people for continued development,” the governor said
The oath of allegiance was administered on the corps members by Mrs. Adefunmilayo Demi-Ajayi, Deputy Chief Registrar, Special Duties on behalf of Mrs. Olufunmilayo Atilade, the Chief Judge of Lagos State.