The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has sent some 2,194 of the 4,486 2022 Batch ‘C’, Stream 1 members posted to Lagos State to neighbouring south west states for their orientation programme.
Lagos NYSC coordinator Yetunde Baderinwa stated this on Tuesday at the swearing-in of the corps members.
The corps members, comprising 1,575 males, and 2,911 females, were sworn in at the NYSC camp in Iyana-Ipaja.
Baderinwa said of the corps members, 749 were sent to Ogun, 734 to Oyo and 711 to Osun for their orientation course due to limited space at the Iyana-Ipaja temporary orientation camp in Lagos.
She advised the new corps members to be committed to all forms of training in order to acquire relevant skills that would help them to be self reliant during and after the service year.
At the event, the Lagos State Government presented an award of excellence and gift of N500,000 to Oluwatunmininu Kolawole, an ex-corps member who served in the state in the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 set.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his special adviser on special duties and intergovernmental relations, Mobolaji Ogunlende presented the award.
Kolawole, a law graduate of the University of Lagos, championed the Ambassadors Community Development Service Group project tagged “Adopt 50 Girls Back to School” in May 2022.
The project got 50 out-of-school girls in Mushin, Makoko, Ilaje, Ajegunle and Surulere slums of the state back to school with uniforms, bags, sandals and stationery.
Sanwo-Olu said that the selfless gesture exhibited by the corps member was in line with the state government’s drive at ensuring that every child had access to free and quality education in Lagos State.
He charged the new NYSC members to draw inspiration from exploits of their predecessors and live an impressionable difference in their communities during their service year.
He said: “Your predecessors have continued to provide crucial services to the people of Lagos State and by so doing have etched their humanitarian service on memory of time.
“It is in the recognition of these contributions in this and other sectors of the state, in implementing government programmes, that I want to urge you to draw inspirations from these laudable acts.
“Use this opportunity to fashion out for yourself a pathway of greatness to be a reference point which our government can be proud of and those coming behind you can leverage on.”
Justice Omolade Awope administered the Oath of allegiance on the corps members on behalf of the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba.