NYSC scheme bridges gap between urban, rural areas, says minister


Ms Olajumoke AkinjideThe Minister of State for FCT, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, has applauded the NYSC scheme “for bridging the gap between the urban and rural areas in the provision of skilled labour.’’

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Akinjide made the commendation at the closing ceremony of the 2013 Batch C orientation course for corps members deployed to the FCT.

She said “it is with this in mind that I urge you to accept your posting to the rural areas with great faith and in line with the motto of the scheme which is `Service and Humility.’

“The call to serve the nation as corps members is a serious task that requires serious-minded people.’’

Akinjide gave the assurance that the FCT Administration would continue to do its best to support the scheme in the territory.

She urged the corps members to surpass their predecessors, many of who made laudable and valuable contributions to their host communities.

She said “the legacy of rewarding excellence in service remains a paramount feature in our dealings with each set of corps members.

“I therefore assure you that all those who distinguish themselves in the course of the service year will be handsomely rewarded.’’

The minister commended the scheme for its role in the campaign against the HIV/AIDS, malaria and other related diseases ravaging some communities.

She said “I received with gladness, the news of the six days intensive training for the 103 volunteers from among you who have decided to join the fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge.

“I wish to reassure you of our administration’s commitment to reduce the spread to the barest minimum in the FCT in particular and the nation in general.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 3,523 corps members comprising 1,631 males and 1,892 females were posted to the FCT for their primary assignment.

The Ondo government on Tuesday said the NYSC scheme had been a dependable partner in the development of the state.

Gov. Olusegun Mimiko made the disclosure at the end of the orientation exercise for the Batch C corps member posted to the state held at the permanent orientation camp, Ikare Akoko.

Mimiko, who was represented by Bekekekhimi Idhiari, the Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, said that the scheme was a reservoir of highly skilled manpower.

He called on all employers of labour in the state to meaningfully engage the corps members for the benefit of the state.

He added that “over the years, the NYSC scheme has been a dependable partner in the development of the Sunshine State with its reservoir of high-skilled manpower.

“On our part, the welfare of every corps member will remain our priority.

“The excellent and outstanding performances of these noble youths during the course of their service to the state will be rewarded.’’

One of the corps members, Veronica Obiageli, told NAN that she would impart knowledge learnt in the camp to people in wherever community she would be posted. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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