WITH the intense campaign against corruption, security of all and focus on transparency in all spheres of life, youths have been asked to be mindful of the company they keep especially in the steps to be taken in their pursuit of work.
The Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, gave this advice in Asaba on Thursday during the passing out ceremony of the 2021 batch ‘A’ stream 1 corps members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Delta State.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, the governor told them that the years ahead promise to be very exciting, but there is the need to display necessary caution as any false move could prove costly.
Dr. Okowa said that the service year has laid a strong foundation for future endeavours, surmount obstacles and dispel fears that may confront them from time to time, adding that as young graduates with requisite knowledge and skills, the sky is their limit but they must recognize that the road to success has never been easy as it is often rough and turbulent.
The Governor expressed optimism that the practical lessons of unity, understanding, cooperation and tolerance which they imbibed during the service year will manifest in their relationship with people they will come across in their private capacities.
Senator Okowa disclosed that while their participation and experience in the NYSC are expected to equip them with necessary skills and strategies for their individual survival as adults in a competitive world, government is aware of its responsibility and thus very determined to create the enabling environment for citizens to realize their potentials to the fullest.
In his welcome address, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Alao Olusegun, revealed that a total of 1, 497 corps members successfully completed the service year in the state.
According to him, out of this number eight corps members were considered for various awards as a mark of recognition of their hard work in uplifting the communities which they served.
Among them is Mohammed Aliyu Olusegun, a University of Benin graduate from Edo State who carted away the State NYSC Chairman’s Award after a meritorious service at Army Day Secondary School, Effurun.
The coordinator further disclosed that 21 corps members who absconded or abandoned the service will be remobilized for a repeat of service whenever they resurface, while seven corps members who violated the NYSC rules and regulations will have their service extended for various infractions during the service.