Wife of the Lagos state governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has charged youth corps members posted to the state, to be security conscious and to avoid hate speeches.
She gave the admonition yesterday at the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Batch A, Stream II corps members, deployed to the state for the mandatory one-year national service.
Mrs. Ambode, while assuring the corps members of maximum safety in the state, however charged them to deploy the security tips they have learnt in order to arrest any insecurity situation they might find themselves during their service year.
She said, “I wish to assure you of your safety in Lagos State and the warm reception by the good people of Lagos State. The State Government takes the security of corps members and the citizenry as top priority. I will however admonish you to remain security conscious at all times.”
The governor’s wife, who expressed satisfaction with the level of comportment of the corps members, also advised them to always obey camp rules and avoid travelling without authorization as required by camp regulations.
Speaking on markets and tourist sites in the state, which the corps members would like to explore, Mrs Ambode said: “I am sure you will want to go round and visit some of those places within your host communities during your service year. But I want you to remain security conscious at all times and avoid leaving the camp or travelling without the approval of the managers of the scheme.”
On the creation of the scheme, the governor’s wife said that the founding fathers of NYSC did a great job of establishing the scheme that brings corps members of diverse socio-cultural, political, economic and religious background together, for the main purpose of promoting peace, unity, discipline and leadership qualities.
According to her, “Till date the NYSC scheme remains relevant and the most skilled youth organization in the country, sort after by the most establishments to partner with because of its relevance and capacity to disseminate and implement government policies and programmes in nooks and cranny of the country”.
She implored them to continue to uphold the ideals upon which the scheme was founded, urging them to also pay attention to various camp activities like capacity-building lectures, skill acquisition/entrepreneurship trainings and others, as they would find them useful in future.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, disclosed that the orientation course which started sixteen days ago, had a total of two thousand, seven hundred and fifty eight corps members.
Delivering the vote of thanks on behalf other corps members, Mr. Kelani Omowunmi, appreciated the governor’s wife for seeing to their welfare and assured that all that had been learnt at the camp would be put to great use.