Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reassured Corp members posted to the State of an enabling ambience that would accord them the opportunity to live, work and play, in order to discover and develop their innate God -given potentials in life.
Speaking at the passing out ceremony of year 2019 ‘Batch A’ Corp members in Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun offered automatic employment to the two best Corp members, Festus Oluseye and Okereke Chinenye Vera, who were awarded with the State’s Honour Award.
The Governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr.Tokunbo Talabi, congratulated the Corp members for keeping faith with the one-year mandatory National Service, which he noted was in fulfillment of the dreams of the country’s founding fathers.
“My dear colleagues in nation building, you will agree with me that today marks the end of your one -year mandatory service in our dear state and it also marks the beginning of another phase in your life endeavours, one that would further task your training, knowledge, skills, talents and discipline garnered in school and in the last one year”, he stated.
Governor Abiodun added that the present administration has been closely monitoring Corp members’ activities and service delivery progress and was convinced of their dedication and commitment to the ideals of the NYSC programme, commending Corp members posted to hinterlands in the State, for contributing selflessly towards improving the standards of living of the people in the communities.
“You have worked and partnered the State Government with youthful zeal and vigour, firmly rooted in your disciplines, humility and dedication towards the development of our dear State. I am indeed very proud of you all”, he stated.
Prince Abiodun thereafter admonished Corp members who had resolved to stay back, to take advantage of the various social intervention programmes designed to promote job creation, poverty alleviation and food security, lauding the leadership of the scheme for its aggressive drive and relentless effort in monitoring, as well as, mentoring the youth over the years.
Earlier in her address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Belinda Faniyi, noted that the decision to reward exemplary Corp members, who have distinguished themselves in the course of the service year, was part of the age-long culture of the scheme, revealing that 27 Corp member who absconded from service shall have their certificates withheld, while 3 Corp members that ran foul of bye -laws shall serve the punishment accordingly.
A minute silence was observed for the repose of the souls of two Corps members, Makinde Damilola Aduke and Babatunde Janet Abosede, who died during the Service.