President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, charged National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, members to join hands with his administration in the fight against corruption in the country.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of 2015 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) corps members deployed to Lagos State, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, in Iyana-Ipaja, Buhari who spoke through Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who was also represented by Dr. Aderemi Desalu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, affirmed that the true desired change that Nigerians yearned for must begin with the youths.
Earlier, Mr. Cyril Akhanemhe, Lagos State Coordinator of NYSC, said 2,500 corps members, comprising 825 males and 1,675 females, were participating in the programme in Lagos, even as he appealed to Governor Ambode to assist the NYSC in renovating the temporary camp in Iyana Ipaja as well as providing a state-of-the-art permanent orientation camp in Lagos.
Stating, however, that the occasion was special to him, as the corps members are the first set to be sworn in for the one-year mandatory national service under his administration, Buhari said: “My dear compatriots, the time has come for us as responsible citizens to come to terms with the prevailing realities in our national life. Without doubt, the current situation in our country calls for unity, commitment and hardwork to help its development.
“As we have promised Nigerians, my administration will soon unveil a comprehensive National Youths Empowerment Programme, anchored on the model provided by the NYSC scheme, Our goal is to comprehensively address youth unemployment, insecurity and other social vices prevalent among our youths.”
“Let me assure you all that change for us is not just a political slogan, it is the dawn of new order, sough for by majority of our people. The true change we desire must start with everyone of us, especially you, the Nigerian youths.
“On our part, we are prepared and determined to lead the nation with sincerity of purpose. We will continue to support and encourage corps members and the NYSC scheme by quick intervention and fulfilment of statutory obligations at all tiers of government.
“Corps members must be ready to participate fully and join hands with all Nigerians to fight the scourge of corruption. I call on you to cultivate the spirit of hardwork and selfless service.”