Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has called on corps members posted to the state to maintain their integrity in the spirit of patriotism while deployed as adhoc staff during the 2019 polls.
Amosun made the call on Thursday at the Swearing-in exercise of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2018 Batch ‘B’ corps members in Sagamu, Ogun.
The governor, who was respresented by Mr Afolabi Afuape, the Ogun Commissioner for Youths and Sports, urged them to serve with a desire to protect the country’s democracy.
He said corps members remained key components for a successful election while assuring them of their safety and security during the exercise.
“Ogun State is one of the safest states in this country and I want to assure you it will remain safe even during the elections in 2019.
“We know the importance of the elections to the survival of our democracy so we are doing all to ensure a hitch-free exercise when the time comes.
“However, orientation of corps members and youths in the society continues to be a priority for us as the election year draws near.
“You must make a personal decision to abandon any past anti-social conduct and disposition so that the hope that you will move our nation to higher levels of achievement can be actualised.
“Corps members are tasked to maintain their discipline and integrity at the polls while youths must distance themselves from political thuggery and brigandage.
“I implore the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to do more in terms of educating the youths on their civic and political responsibility,” Amosun said.
In her remarks, the NYSC State Coordinator in Ogun, Mrs Josephine Bakare thanked the state government for the support towards the scheme especially the security and safety of corps members.
She however appealed to the governor to give consideration towards providing state allowances to corps members to enable them meet their needs considering the state of the economy.
Bakare urged the corps members not to forget self-development as they embrace the NYSC skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme.
She also advised corps members to reveal their health status when on camp so that adequate care may be given to them alongside special interventions when required.
The NYSC official said a total of 2,327 corps members, consisting of; 1,211 males and 1,116 females were deployed and registered for the orientation exercise.