Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Thursday urged corps members to shun and abstain from social vices like drug abuse, advanced fee fraud, kidnapping, robbery, cultism and violent crimes, capable of undermining their potential as future leaders.
Oyetola gave this admonition at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Camp in Ede, Osun, during the swearing-in ceremony of 2019 Batch B Stream II prospective corps members posted to the state.
The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, said that celebration of youth corp members was a worthy event, taking cognisance of the positive role they played in society.
Oyetola said that NYSC had been grooming and moulding graduate youths to fit in with aspirations and blueprint of the nation toward total emancipation and economic expansion.
He said youths constituted the most productive segment of the population and society, urging them to see themselves as leading light for the present and future.
The governor said that their mandatory service would afford them the opportunity to be a blessing to the nation by impacting positively lives of people in their immediate environment.
“I want you to complement the gestures of NYSC and government by being good ambassadors and advocate of peaceful co-existence and corporate existence of our nation.
“I want you to comport yourselves in the most noble way worthy of your calling into the national service, remember that you are the greatest asset of our nation.
“As future leaders and key determiners of peace and stability of our nation, I want you to channel your energy, vigour and drive toward the achievements of lofty ideals and aspirations and abstain from vices.
“Vices and crimes will undermine you and hinder you from being a ray of hope for your generation and the nation,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Adegoke Adewale, the Coordinator of NYSC in Osun, congratulated the corps members on the successful completion of their studies from their various institutions and their mobilisation for national service.
Adewale told them not to see their deployment to Osun as waste of time, but to explore the richness in the culture and diversity of people of the state.
He implored them to strive to build and maintain quality friendship during their orientation course in the camp and after leaving the camp.
The coordinator charged them to participate in the camp activities, saying it was mandatory and also regimented, adding that only those with health challenges were exempted.
He said their success during the service year would be determined, to a large extent, through internalising the ideals of the scheme which they would be exposed to during the course of their orientation exercise.
Justice Jacob Ogunleye administered the national pledge and Oath of allegiance on the 1,800 (1037 males and 763 females) corp members posted to the state.