BY SAM EGWU, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has advised members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), posted to the state to be self-disciplined and obey constituted authorities.
The governor gave the advice at the NYSC orientation camp, Asaya, Kabba, at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2000 corps members deployed to the state for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1.
Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Sani Ogu-Salisu, urged the corps members to be obedient and liaise keenly with constituted authorities for a memorable and fascinating camp experience.
.‘’You are the hope of our next generations in your various areas of discipline especially now that the nation is under intense pressure to meet the expectations of her Common Wealth Member States among committee of nations.
‘’I am glad to also inform you that the number of ex-corps members that stays back in after their service year is recently on a steady increase.
‘’So, let there be no regret whatsoever serving the nation in Kogi State for all you need to harness our rich opportunities is intellectual ideas and self discipline.
‘’Hence, you must be law abiding, cooperative, ready to make new friends and most importantly, acclimatise your new environment,’’ he advised.
Bello stressed that the orientation course was designed to inspire corps members into national consciousness as dependable growing leaders of the nation.
The governor restated his administration’s commitment to continue to strengthen the existing cordial relationship with the NYSC Scheme to ensure a worthwhile experience and quality welfare for corps members.
Bello eulogised the late coordinator, Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, who died on May 17 in an auto crash, and observed one minute silence in her honour.
He described the late Ahile as ‘’the typical model of a patriotic citizen, the phenomenal expression of an egalitarian leader, a bosom public officer and the true definition of first generation Nigerian’’.
The governor also pledged to hasten the completion of the ongoing Camp renovations as a mark of honour for the late coordinator.
He also promised to donate cows and bags of rice that would last the corps members for the three-week orientation camp.