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NYSC boss assures corps members of adequate security

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THE Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, has re-assured Nigerians of the safety of corps members nationwide, saying that so much had been put in place as far as their safety is concerned.

Olawumi, who spoke yesterday during the official closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2015 Batch ‘A’ Stream 11 corps members in Ipaja, Lagos, also appealed to state governors to ensure that adequate security is provided to corps members posted to their states.

“The tragic incident of the corps member killed in Kwara State is a very painful incident and one of the many isolated cases. We will continue to do our best to ensure the safety of lives of all corps members,” he said.

Olawumi appealed to corps members to get themselves integrated into their host communities by learning their language, culture and engaging in community development service, adding that they should endeavour to be vanguard of change.

In his speech, the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode, implored the corps members to accept their postings in good faith and assume duty in earnest.

He said: “It is important to state that your contributions to the socio-economic and technological advancement of your host-communities are paramount.

“It is also your patriotic obligation to actualise the various empowerment programmes and skills acquisition impacted on you towards becoming self-reliant going by your awe-inspiring display of abundant talents and skills during orientation course”

He, therefore, re-affirmed the state’s commitment towards the building of a very decent and indeed state of the art permanent orientation camp in the state, saying that plans towards actualising the dream are underway.

Earlier, the Lagos State Co-ordinator, Mr. Cyril Akhanemhe, who reiterated the need for a permanent orientation camp considering the inadequate and dilapidated state of the hostel, appealed to the governor, Ambode, for the sake of posterity, to ensure that all necessary efforts are made to make the dream of a permanent camp a reality in the nearest future.

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