As top officials of the federal, state governments and well-meaning Nigerians continued to express concern over the growing wave of hate speeches in the country, Brigadier-General Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) also took advantage of the 2017 Batch B Stream II orientation exercise to address corps members nationwide.
With the likelihood of an enactment of a new hate speech law, the NYSC DG realising the importance of the scheme, with about 400,000 youthful citizens; male and female, from all interest groups, religions and tribes, seized the opportunity to preach unity and love among these sets of very important citizens.
The DG during his tour of the Enugu State Orientation ground called on the entire citizens to continue to hold steadfastly to the unity of the country, saying that the survival of the country rests on its strength as an indivisible entity.
Kazaure enjoined them to pass the message of unity and love among all citizens irrespective of their diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.
“We have no other country than Nigeria; so let us regard ourselves as members of one family. Wherever you are, show love to one another, and be your brother’s keeper,” he told the corps members.
The Director-General advised them against indulging in vices comments that are dangerous to the unity of the country, saying that they should be good ambassadors of the NYSC and their families.
His host in the state and Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmed Ikaka, had told the Director-General that the Orientation course was smooth and that the Corps members had demonstrated a high sense of discipline, unity and commitment.
Ikaka enumerated the challenges facing the camp, including those caused by the vandalisation of power facilities in the town and the water Scheme supplying the camp.
He appealed to the NYSC Headquarters to support the camp with special funds as it had been relying on generator power and water tanker with the attendant huge expenditure on procurement of diesel.
At the Ebonyi and Cross River States temporary camps, College of Education, Akamkpa, the DG, in demonstration of his concern for the increasing involvement of youths in criminal activities urged Corps members to shun the get-rich-quick syndrome, but seek lawful means of livelihood.
He particularly warned them against cyber crimes and other fraudulent activities, saying “I want you to know that there is no shortcut to success. So, work hard and the sky will be your limit.
“Whatever you are engaged in make the fear of God and honesty your watchwords,” he said.
Kazaure urged them to respect constituted authorities, and always be civil in their approach whenever accosted by security agencies.
The Director-General also enjoined the Corps members to take advantage of the opportunities for self-employment offered through the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
The NYSC Ebonyi State Coordinator, Mrs. Regina Iluebbey, identified the wear and tear on structures as one of the major challenges at the camp and expressed hope of the state’s government intervention, while her counterpart in Cross River State, Olufunke Ambeke, told the Director-General that the camp environment was peaceful.
At the Akwa Ibom and Rivers State orientation camps, the NYSC Director-General enjoined the Corps members to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, pointing out that the country had confidence in them as an emerging generation of new leaders.
He cautioned them against associating with persons of questionable character during and after the service year, saying that engagement in any endeavour that is within what the law permits gives peace of mind and assured success.
Kazaure charged the Corps members to shun criminal tendencies, especially engaging in cybercrimes and other fraudulent activities, saying “You can achieve anything in life if God destines it. So, whatever lawful endeavour you are engaged in, do it diligently. Work hard and leave the rest to God.’
“As graduates, you have to plan well, and know that there is no shortcut to success,” Kazaure added.
Cyril Akhanemhe, the NYSC Akwa Ibom Coordinator, appealed to the state government to hasten the completion of the on-going capital projects in the camp, while his Rivers State counterpart, Omotayo Adewoye, told the DG that the state government had approved resumption of payment of state allowance to Corps members, relocation of the NYSC Secretariat and the provision of a 35-seater bus to the Scheme.
In Lagos state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, urged corps members deployed to the state to feel free and assured them of their safety in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
“Gentlemen corps members, I am delighted to know that you all participated fully in all activities of the orientation course.
“I have no doubt that the experience garnered will be useful during and after service. It is worthy of note that you have not only responded to the clarion call to serve your fatherland, but you have also displayed a high sense of commitment, dedication and discipline throughout the orientation course. I comment you all for cooperating with the camp officials in ensuring a successful and hitch free orientation course.
The governor enjoined the corps members to be diligent, dedicated and law abiding in the discharge of assigned roles and responsibilities.
Prince Mohammed Momoh, the Lagos State Coordinator told the governor he had no doubt that the 2,760 would make a great impact on the development of the state not only by creating jobs for themselves, but also employ others.
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