The Surulere Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State says National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in its 54 communities will henceforth get preferential treatment on issues relating to empowerment.
Mr Wemimo Odumosu, Community Development Committee Chairman, Surulere LGA, made the promise in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Odumosu spoke against the backdrop of a recent free cervical and breast cancer screening and welfare programme by Ms Oyinkansola Onwuchekwa, a serving corps member in the LGA.
NAN reports that the corps member carried out the screening, as her personal community development project.
According to the chairman, the one-day programme, which had no fewer than 300 women screened, has created a synergy, as well as opened opportunities for corps members across the communities.
He described the initiative by Onwuchekwa, with state number LA/20B/0310, as laudable and a welcome development, saying it would remain a point of reference in the community.
“The core value of NYSC is to serve the community. We are also a community development association, so from this programme, I can now see the synergy between the core community and corp members.
“Sometimes, we have empowerment programmes from the Federal or State Governments, it could be skill acquisition or training, or free health services, that required the service of youths, which in some cases, we can make recommendations.
“So, we are going to take advantage of such empowerment programmes, to recognise and absorb these vibrant corp members across Surulere LGA.
” It is a way of support time and giving them a sense of belonging.
“The programme stands out and I must commend Miss Oyinkansola, the convener, she is a corps member with a difference and as far as this community is concerned, she has left a footprint.
” I think, we should continue to come together to do this kind of gestures, and other programmes to improve the lives of residents. The turnout speaks volume, women, in particular, embraced it,” he said.
Odumosu urged the corps members to come up with programmes and strive to collaborate with the communities, as part of efforts to bring to bear, the core value of the NYSC scheme during their primary assignments.
According to him, his committee was willing to work in partnership with the NYSC, adding that he would encourage and ensure that the 54 communities in the local government embraced the initiative by the corp members.
“From now onwards, I want to believe that the synergy created by the reason of this wonderful health care programme will grow bigger and generate more community delivery services.
” We are here for the corps members and ready to give them necessary support to contribute their quota to community development, and of course, the business people must also encourage them.
” If I am not mistaken, most of the women going through this important screening have not done it before now, but Onwuchekwa has brought it to their door step,” Odumosu added.
The Surulere CDC chairman stated that he was impressed with the administration of Mr Eddy Megwa, Lagos Coordinator of the scheme.
He added that the activities of the corps members across the state could not be overemphasised. (NAN)