The Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has allayed the fear of corps members deployed to the state on contracting Lassa fever and Coronavirus diseases stating that his administration has put measures in place to arrest the outbreak of the epidemic.
The Governor stated this while declaring open the orientation programme for 2020 batch ‘A’ stream ‘1’ of the scheme, held at the NYSC camp in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government of the state.
Governor Akeredolu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Mr Gbenga Elewuju stressed that his administration would not throw to the background the safety and security of corps members in the state even though absolute security belongs to God.
While further stating that he would not relent at providing support and create an enabling environment for the survival of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state, the Governor noted that it was his duty to provide affordable healthcare that would help safeguard everyone’s health irrespective of background.
According to him, “It is instructive to add that our administration will continue to provide affordable healthcare to everyone irrespective of status, ethnic or religious affiliation in the face of Lassa fever and Coronavirus threatening our survival as individuals. Take appropriate steps as enuciated by medical practitioners to safeguard your precious lives.”
“We have put in place cut edge technology with the assistance of professionals in the medical field to contain whatever outbreaks that may occur.”
In his address of welcome, the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board in the state and Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. urged the corps members to see their deployment to the state as the will of God stressing that it would do them a lot of good by accepting this reality and settle down in time.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr(Mrs) Dupe Eshofonie noted that the state is relatively peaceful with good climate condition urging the corps members to settle down in time in order to experience good governance of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration and as well contribute their own quota to the transformation of the state.
Earlier, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Grace Akpabio said solid precautionary measures and arrangements have been put in place by the scheme to prevent corps members from contracting the diseases in camp and urged parents and guardians to always be at peace as the scheme is alive to its core responsibilities.
On the welfare of corps members, she said the scheme will no longer post corps member to places including government and private establishments that cannot provide well fortified living quarters or provide stipends in lieu.
She sent strong warning to hoodlums and miscreants in the society fond of harassing corps members to desist as it will no longer be business as usual for them
Mrs Akpabio while revealing that about 1,860 were deployed to the state, urged the corps members to cooperate with the officials on camp as the orientation programme is to expose them to activities and programmes that would prepare them for the challenges they may face in the service and beyond.
Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.