By Clara Egbogota
Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta has urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to contribute their quota to sustainable development of the state and the country at large.
Oborevwori said this on Tuesday at the closing ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘C’, Stream ‘1’ Orientation Course for the corps members deployed to the state.
The governor was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Tonukari Johnbull.
“l am aware that perseverance, accommodating views which are opposed to yours, accepting and adapting to cultures, which are also different from yours.
“Spreading love and understanding among the people you will find yourselves, are some of the enduring lessons of the orientation course,” he said.
Oborevwori urged the corps members to respect the cultural norms and traditions of the people among whom they would find themselves.
“Coming from diverse cultural, social and educational backgrounds, this year of national service provides a very unique opportunity for integration and selfless service.
“Please ensure that as you leave here, you keep an open mind to enable you appreciate your new environment.
“Delta State is a land of great diversities and opportunities. Our people are generally warm hearted and accommodating.
“I appeal to you to cultivate a sense of belonging to place you in a better stead to harness these opportunities.
“One of the primary objectives of the National Youth Service Corps is to inculcate in our youths and fellow Nigerians, the virtues of selfless service, love, unity, peaceful co-existence and industry,” he said.
He urged the NYSC members to endeavour to make a difference by making use of innumerable opportunities around them.
“It is, therefore, expected that the service year provides an opportunity for you to make positive contributions to the society.
“Please resist negative tendencies by some persons who are enemies of society. Do not engage in frivolous travels, which often pose dangers through accidents.
“I sincerely hope that the exercise and attendant experience garnered in the past few weeks has helped to equip you for the tasks ahead.
“No matter how small your role might look like, it is important to the sustainable development of where you find yourselves during the service year.
Mr Olusegun Alao, the State Coordinator of NYSC, urged the NYSC members to see their service year as an opportunity to give back to the community.
“Go forth with humility, render rewarding service to your host communities, be exemplary teachers, and positively impact the lives of your pupils and students.
“Display your educational background, creativity, and leadership abilities,” he said.(NAN)(nannews.com.ng)
Edited by Benson Iziama/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
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