Undeniably, the one year period of Service has exposed you to the core values of the NYSC Scheme, anchored on patriotism, integrity, efficiency, commitment and teamwork which are vital ingredients necessary for the unity and socio-economic development of the country which the Corps has espoused in the last 48 years.
My dear virile and patriotic compatriots, your selfless efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic which have attracted national accolades through the provision of facemasks, hand sanitisers, foot- operated dispensers, disinfectant chambers, including the distribution of palliatives to the indigents are all commendable and shall never be forgotten by our dear country.
As you bow out from Service today, it is important to reiterate that the era of seeking only for white collar jobs is over. I therefore admonish you to put to good use, the various skills that you have been imparted with, through the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme which is a gateway to self employment and financial freedom. Note that many of your predecessors who listened to this counsel are today business owners and employers of labour, contributing immensely to the country’s GDP.