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The Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kogi, Mrs Oludolapo Ahile, has commended the Kogi Government for ensuring the security of lives and property of corps members in the state.
Ahile gave the commendation during the Passing-Out ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 Corps members on Thursday in Lokoja.
He said that the achievements of the scheme in Kogi were not unconnected to the enabling atmosphere created by the government and people of the State.
“Your Excellency, we are indeed grateful for the security of NYSC members during the service year under review.
“We do appreciate the security agencies you have commissioned to carry out the assignment,“he said.
Ahile also commended communities and employers for motivating and supporting the corps members, adding that majority of the corps members had acquired profit making skills.
“On the whole, a total of 1,605 Corps members are passing out of service today; five will receive the State’s Merit Award, and five others will get the Certificate of Honour.
“However, three Corps members passed away untimely during the service year, Muojiama Eyinche, Blessing Ezumah Ifeanyi, and Chukwu Okpe Abah Benedict,“he said.
The coordinator advised the corps members to tackle the challenges outside the world with hope to surmount the social pressure while searching for greener pasture.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi acknowledged the patriotism of the NYSC members through the services they rendered during their service year.
Bello was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Sani Salisu.
“It is noteworthy that as partners in nation building, the corps members have impacted on a significant number of Kogi citizens, communities and organisations as the core values of the service establishment.
“Such is the beauty of national unity, breaking the barriers of tongue, faith, status, ethics and primary orientation to stand and support one another in truth and brotherhood,” he said.
The governor reaffirmed his commitment to the security of lives & property, and welfare of everyone living in Kogi.
“We guarantee our cooperation and friendliness to those willing to stay behind in private ventures poised to improve the economy of the state’.
Samuel Amadi, a male corps member from Imo who came first in the State’s Merit Award, expressed gratitude to God for the award and for giving him the privilege to serve his father land with dignity.
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