The wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has urged Youth Corp members posted to the State to be security conscious as well as avoid hate speeches.
She gave the charge yesterday at the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Iyana Ipaja, when she paid a courtesy visit to the Batch A, Stream II corps members, deployed to Lagos State for the mandatory one-year national service.
Mrs. Ambode noted that the founding fathers of the NYSC did a great job of establishing the scheme that brings corps members of diverse socio-cultural, political, economic and religious backgrounds together, for the main purpose of promoting peace, unity, discipline and leadership qualities.
According to her, “Till date, the NYSC scheme remains relevant and is the most skilled youth organization in the country, sought after by most establishments for partnership because of its relevance and capacity to disseminate and implement government policies and programmes in nooks and crannies of the country”.
Mrs. Ambode, who expressed satisfaction with the level of comportment of the corps members, also advised them to always obey camp rules and avoid traveling without authorization as required by camp regulations.
She said, “I wish to assure you of your safety in Lagos State and the warm reception by the good people of Lagos. The State Government takes the security of corps members and the citizenry as top priority”.
The Governor’s wife spoke glowingly about the markets and tourist sites in the State saying, “I am sure you will want to go round and visit some of those places within your host communities during your service year. I will, however, admonish you to remain security conscious at all times and avoid leaving the camp or traveling without the approval of the managers of the scheme”.
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 training 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 exercise which started sixteen days ago had a total of 2,758 corps members.