A total of 1,715 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday took oath of allegiance in the Batch C orientation course in Kwara.
The swearing in took place at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara, administered by the state’s Chief Judge, represented by Justice S.L. Akanbi.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mrs Ikupolati Tosin, said during the oath-taking that the NYSC members were made up of 878 females and 837 males.
Ikupolati told the corps members that there would be strict observance of regimentation in all activities during the three weeks orientation course.
She said “the orientation course would also include training in physical fitness and mental alertness, lectures, social and sporting activities, which would equip you for the challenges during and after the service year.
“You are therefore strongly advised to conform accordingly and also ensure active participation in all camp activities, while living harmoniously with one another.”
The coordinator congratulated the corps members for successfully completing their academic pursuits from their various institutions of learning.
She urged them to exhibit same commitment in duties that would be assigned to them in the course of the national service.
Kupolati commended the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for renovating four hostels, camp clinic and meal subsidy for corps members.
She added that “I wish to solicit for the cooperation of camp officials and corps members toward ensuring a hitch-free orientation.”
The state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who declared the camp open, advised the corps members to take advantage of the orientation programme and adapt to the new environment.
The governor, represented by the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, also congratulated the corps members on successful completion of their studies from their various institutions.
He said that the government would continue to support the activities of NYSC, stressing that “let me say at this juncture that government is not unaware of the not-too-conducive conditions of our orientation camp.
“However, the good news is that efforts are being made to improve on the existing facilities.”