Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, has doled out N7.25 million to support the transportation of 725 youth corps members of the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream I, who completed their service in the state on Thursday.
The governor also gave automatic employment to two members; Jemilu Akpah from Kogi, a physically challenged, and Mary Aimuan from Edo, who won the prestigious NYSC State Merit Award.
Bello, who spoke at the passing out ceremony of the batch at the Muhammadu Buhari Square, Lokoja, promised to give N10,000 to each of the 725 outgoing NYSC members to support their transportation back to their various destinations.
The governor said that the automatic employment for Jemilu Akpah being a physically challenged; and Mary Aimuan, was for their contributions to the improvement of their host communities.
He thanked the outgoing NYSC members “for the sacrifices made toward uplifting the standard of peoples’ lives.
“Your specific contributions in Primary Health Care delivery services, provision of quality education and rural infrastructure and advocacy in Sustainable Development Goals were critical in fostering and promoting government’s transformation agenda.
“Your deployment to various communities must have endeared you to their custom and tradition and consequently broadened your perception and understanding of the imperatives of a united Nigeria.
“Your post service aspirations should be toward making Nigeria a better place through selfless service, dedication to duty, honesty, integrity and accountability.
“You should be good ambassadors of the scheme and spread the gospel of its good virtues,” Bello said.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Idris Musa, commennded the governor for creating enabling environment which ensured the safety and wellbeing of the youth corps members in the state.
Musa, who doubles as the Chairman NYSC Governing Board, urged corps members to continue to display the spirit of humility, patriotism and shun all vices that could adversely affect the image of the country.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Pastor Mrs. Mofoluwaso Williams, had commended the NYSC members for their contributions to national development through personal and group Community Service Development (CDS) projects.
She noted that the service year had exposed them to the core values of the NYSC scheme, anchored on patriotism, integrity, efficiency, commitment and teamwork.
She eulogised the corps members for their immense contribution to the critical sectors of the national economy visible in the nooks and crannies of the State, especially in Education, Agriculture and Health sectors.
She said “as you bow out from service today, it is important to reiterate the fact that the era of seeking only white collar jobs is over.
“I, therefore, admonish you to put to good use, the various skills that you have been impacted with through the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme.”
In their separate comments, Akpah and Aimuan, thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve the state, describing it as a rare privilege.
Akpah, who is a writer, specifically commended the governor “for his love and passion for persons living with disabilities in the state.”