Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State says members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), posted to the state, should abstain from all forms of social vices to protect their future and secure their aspirations.
He says vices such as drug abuse, advanced fee fraud, kidnapping, robbery and others are capable of killing aspirations and goals.
Oyetola gave this charge at the NYSC permanent orientation camp located in Ede, during the swearing-in ceremony of 1800 corp members.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Wole Oyebamiji, said the celebration of corps members is a worthy event going by their significant role in their place of primary assignment.
Oyebamiji remarked that the youths constitute the most productive segment of the population and society.
He noted that NYSC had not done enough in moulding graduates’ aspirations to fit into the nation’s aspirations and blueprints which focuses on total emancipation and economic expansion.
“I want you to complement the gesture of NYSC and the government by being good ambassadors as well as advocates of peaceful co-existence and corporate existence of our nation.
“I also enjoin you to comport yourselves in the noblest way worthy of your calling into the national service; remember that you are the greatest asset of our nation.
“As future leaders and key determinants of the peace and stability of our nation, I want you to channel your energy, vigour and drive towards the achievements of lofty ideals and aspirations and abstain from vices.
“Social vices are capable of undermining your future and hinder you from achieving your goals,” he said.
In an address, the state coordinator of the service, Mr Adegoke Adewale congratulated the corps members on the successful completion of their studies from tertiary institutions and their mobilisation for the national service.
He advised them to maximally use the opportunity of the scheme to explore the rich culture of their host communities and learn the tenets of Nigeria’s diversity.
Adewale charged them to participate in the camp activities, stressing that 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.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo