A total of 457 corps members posted to Lagos State had been deployed to Ogun and Oyo States for their three-week orientation exercise.
Lagos State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Eddy Megwa, disclosed this at the 2021 Batch B, Stream one swearing in ceremony of corp members on Monday in Lagos.
The NYSC official said that the deployment was due to inadequate space to accommodate all the 2,041 corps members in the current orientation camp at Ipaja, Lagos.
“At the end of registration yesterday night, we recorded 228 for Ogun and 229 for Oyo, but at the end of the orientation exercise, they will again come back to join us in Lagos,”
The coordinator noted the corps members were privileged to be posted to serve their fatherland in Lagos, known to be the “center of excellence”.
Megwa said that the corps members had exhibited enormous zeal in relating to all para-military drilling, lectures and discipline given to them from July 27 till date.
He urged the corp members to bring to bear discipline, which was the core value of the scheme.
The coordinator declared that the orientation camp was Coronavirus (COVID-19) free, as corp members, camp commandants and NYSC officials were tested at the point of entry and confirmed negative.
“Everyone must adhere to all the COVID-19 protocols by wearing facemask as much as possible; washing of hands and social distancing must be observed, these are variables that can keep us safe and good,” he added.
He commended the Military, Police, Civil Defence, Red Cross Society and other government agencies for their collaboration to ensure that the scheme in Lagos delivered its mandate at the orientation camp.
Also speaking, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu tasked the corp members on the need to show strength of character amidst the individual certificates of learning acquired.
The governor’s speech was read by Megwa.
“Let me start by congratulating you all for being posted to Lagos and for having successfully gained your various degrees from different higher institutions in Nigeria and outside the country,
“I commend you for having assiduously cultivated your way through to the managerial level of your life which you have gotten to today
“Having acquired the certificate of higher learning, the next thing that is expected of you is the show of character
“It is obvious and not only in Nigeria, that what is making various nations go down by the day, is due to lack of show of character,” he said.
According to him, corp members in successive years have proven to be dependable by being worthy both in character and learning.
He noted that he was proud to superintend over the young graduates that had formed in Lagos and ready to contribute their quota toward the social-economical development not only the state but the country at large.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the corp members comprised of 1,446 females and 595 males. (NAN)