Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
With the increase in the high rate of unemployment in the country, South-South Area Director of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Mr Ayodele Omotade Folorunso has reiterated the need for Corps Members to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship. He said lack of creativity and idleness has led many young people to engage in negative activities.
Omotade who said this when he visited the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp said it was the situation that made the NYSC to introduce the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, for corps members so as to help them become self-reliant and employers of labour.
He told them to maximize the opportunity so as to be problem solvers in the society and congratulated them for the successful completion of their academic activities which qualified them for the NYSC programme.
The NYSC director also lauded the ecological fund office for the erosion construction works carried out at the orientation camp. He was optimistic that the camp would soon wear a perfect look.
“For those of you who are here, I must congratulate you for your participation in the NYSC orientation camp in Cross River State, it will be told that it’s during your time that after existing for over four decades is receiving this kind of attention from government; so I congratulate you.
“This is also to add my voice to the numerous voices that has congratulated you on the successful completion of your academic pursuits, and at the end of your service year when everybody will be counted, none of you will be missing in Jesus name, the land of Cross River will not swallow you, I will not bury anyone of you,” the area director expressed.
He added that his visit was made possible since the Director General of the NYSC cannot visit all the camps in the country. He said “because the director general cannot necessarily and practically visit all orientation camps that’s the main reason of the establishment of the area office, he is aware of my being here. But my joy is that he has spoken to all of you through virtual meeting that was held in the course of this orientation exercise, so for me it’s a wonderful privilege to be here and to see you physically and to see how you are doing.
“I want to appeal to all of you, the course orientation is ending, let all those lessons that you have learnt and the ones you will still learn at the course of this orientation exercise permeate you throughout your service year. Be very good ambassadors of yourselves, family, schools, and your alma mata. Do not do anything that will drag the names of your family in the mud do not put your hands in anything that will rubbish the name of the NYSC scheme, do not do anything that will jeopardize your future, rather than join them all to be among the army of complainants we want you to go out there and be solution providers.”
While giving his situation report, the state coordinator for NYSC, Mohammed Nakamba said the camp community has also been adhering to the COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
“In the area of COVID-19 and NCDC protocols, we have effectively complied accordingly and also committed resources to making sure that the camp is safe from COVID-19 pandemic. Almost at every corner of the camp, you will find at least a bucket-full of water with tap, liquid soap or hand sanitizers for hand washing and sanitizing of hands in the face of very little resources.
“Apart from ensuring that everyone entering the camp was tested and wears nose masks at all times, we have also ensured that the consumables requested at the gate by NCDC/corps medical personnel were adequately and steadily provided”, the coordinator said. He appreciated the collaborating agencies and the host community for their contributions towards the success of the orientation exercise.