Make corps members productive during service year, Makinde urges employers

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has asked employers in the state to assign challenging task and duties to corps members in a bid to make them productive during their compulsory one-year service to the nation.

Makinde who spoke at the closing/terminal parade ceremony for the 2019 batch ‘b’ (stream II) National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation course, asked that the corps members should not be left redundant by their employers.

The governor who was represented by the deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan, also implored the 1,700 corps members posted to the state to be prepared to face the task ahead at their respective places of primary assignment (PPA).

Makinde said: “I urge you to embark on laudable developmental projects that would impact positively on your host communities.

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“As you carry out the Community Development Service wherever you are posted, it will go a long way to complement the efforts of government and contribute immensely to the development of the “Pacesetter” State.

“It would be recalled that during the Orientation course, you were introduced to the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme. I encourage you to engage in post-camp training in order to master your chosen skill and very soon you will become employers of labour.

“To achieve this, engage in productive activities. Shun acts of truancy, drug abuse and other anti-social behaviours.

“The State is very peaceful and accommodating. As you move into the thirty-three (33) Local Government Areas of the State, you will find the environment conducive to live and work in and your welfare and security is highly guaranteed. This government will continue to assist the Scheme to achieve its objectives.

“To our esteemed Corps employers, I implore you to assign to these Corps members challenging task and duties that will make them productive. The Corps members should not be left redundant.”

Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Eniola Ambekemo, also warned corps members not to embark on unauthorised and late journeys and also to steer clear of local politics.

She appealed to the governor to provide the scheme with an ultra-modern auditorium, additional hostel blocks and toilet facilities that can conveniently cater for the “rising number of corps members deployed to the state.”

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