SEYIN – Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday admonished NYSC members to contribute their quota toward promoting unity and national integration.
Ajimobi made the call in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2014 NYSC Batch “A” orientation course in Iseyin on Tuesday.
Represented by his deputy, Moses Alake-Adeyemo, the governor underscored the importance of the NYSC scheme in nation building, unity and integration.
“Wherever you find yourself, you must be committed to the ideals of selfless service, constructive engagement, patriotism, diligence, harmony, equity, justice and be committed to our common good.
“At all times, you must be at the forefront of sincere and tireless efforts to achieve a more cohesive and united Nigeria. This should be of utmost importance to you always.
“Coming from diverse backgrounds, I enjoin you to create time to study, understand and appreciate the culture and way of life of the people amongst whom you will live.
“I appeal to you to promptly adapt to the pre-requisite of the cultural setting you have found yourselves as it will help promote and foster spirit of national unity and integration,” Ajimobi said.
The governor further advised the corps members to accept their postings with grace and dignity and without mixed feelings or reservations.
“I call on you to feel free and safe in wherever place, institution, organisation or community you find yourselves.
“The people of Oyo State are generally very friendly and hospitable; you will be overwhelmed by the warm reception awaiting you at the various local government areas,’’ he said.
The governor also urged corps members not to discard the various skills acquired during the orientation course.
He added that the nation needed the invaluable services and contributions of corps members in agriculture, education, rural health and infrastructure.
Earlier, the state’s NYSC coordinator, Mr Olanipekun Alao, said he was happy that the corps members had signified intention to serve in any part of the state inspite of the distance.
“This set of corps members are so focused and dedicated to nation building and integration, they are disciplined and participated well in all camp activities.
“I and my entire staff had a nice time with them; they are well behaved and obedient, ‘’ he said.
Speaking on her experience in camp, a corps member, Faulkner Ronke, said her time during the orientation course was remarkable.
The graduate of Agronomy said she had learnt a lot and met new people from diverse backgrounds.
A total of 1,920 participated in the three-week long orientation course that began on March 18 at the new permanent orientation camp in Iseyin. (NAN)