The Chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, representing Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1 in the House of Representatives, Abuja, Hon. Segun Adekola, had recently visited the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers States, where he assured the corps members of improved and adequate welfare packages as he sympathised with the bereaved families of some deceased corps members who died recently in various camps across the country while serving their father land, lamenting that they were not mobilised to die in active service at such tender ages.
Adekola, who was received with series of guards of honour on his arrival at the different camps during his oversight functions, admonished the youths to be good ambassadors of both their families and Nigeria as a country.
In his exhortation, he charged the Corpers to be law-abiding, honest and dutiful in discharge of their daily obligations as corps members, adding that it was only through dutifulness and hardworking that expected rewards can be earned.
The corps members were advised to shun all forms of vices, be it hooliganism, thuggery, prostitution or stealing.
“There is nothing better than good names in life. You can’t reclaim it once it is ignorantly soiled. That is why you all need to be mindful of the type of association you keep as youths. Remember, bad association dents good image.
“It is no longer a news that our country is marred with different forms of vices, but as future leaders, we must not join the bandwagons in the society. It is expected of us as learned fellows to apply the acquired knowledge in transforming this country for better. With that, I can assure you of better Nigeria in due course.
“There is a youth policy presently in the house which will give room for creation of employment and entrepreneurship. We cannot sit back and watch our teeming promising youths wasting away their God given talents and skills which ought to be converted to money and affluence.
“Soon, the federal government allowances being paid to the corps members shall be improved and the needed adequate welfare packages which can guarantee security of lives and properties of the prospective corps members both in the camps and at their various places of primary assignment shall also be incorporated into the system, to prevent numbers of avoidable death of our serving corps members,” Hon. Adekola assured.
Offering condolences to the bereaved families while in Bayelsa, Hon. Adekola sympathised with the families of the deceased corps members who died in the course of serving their father land. He said they were expected to serve and live long to reap the fruits of their labour and not to die in the course of their services to the nation.
He reiterated reasons why the serving and incoming corps members should always declare their genuine health status on resumption in camps, and advised them never to fake their true status while presenting medical reports, saying it was through such that parade exemption and adequate health care services can be given to ailing members.
He equally commended the services of the NYSC officials including the security operatives and charged them to always live above but by monitoring and giving the corps members the needed supports from time to time.
“We regret the untimely departure of those fallen heroes and heroines this year. May God grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. It was painful,” Hon. Adekola expressed grief.
He thereafter observed a minute silent for the departed corps members and beseeched others to be more prayerful as they journey through their service year.