*Fayemi urges Corps members on positive future*
By Emmanuel Onwusoro
Ekiti State Government has presented cash gift to Mrs Aisha Attahiru Abdulquadir, widow of Lance Corporal Attah Abdulquadir, the soldier who lost his life on 24th October 2018 while on duty in Ogotun Ekiti.
Presenting the gift, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, said the gesture was borne out of government’s concern for the survival of the widow and her son following the death of the family’s breadwinner.
The widow was accompanied by her 3 year-old son, Mustapha.
Oyebanji who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services Department, Mrs Olabisi Akindele said Ekiti State Government shared the pains and grief of the deceased’s family and the Nigerian Army; adding that the cash gift was to help the deceased’s wife “start a business and move on”.
The SSG who noted that government appreciated the service of the slain soldier in ensuring security of lives and property along the Ogotun axis where he was stationed, stressed that the Fayemi-led administration would continue to appreciate security personnel for risking their lives to protect the State and its citizens.
Responding, the Brigade Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade Akure, Brigadier General James Ataguba thanked the state government for providing succour for the deceased’s family; stressing that the administration has shown that “it has human feelings”.
Ataguba who was represented by Colonel Uchechukwu Simon said the government’s gesture will encourage all security personnel to put in their best in serving the State.
Meanwhile, the members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, have been advised to embrace positive steps that will guarantee their future and impact on the society.
The advice was given by the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who was represented by his deputy Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘ C ‘ Stream Two, at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ise- Orun/Emure Ekiti.
About two thousand corps members which included graduates deployed to Ekiti and Kogi States for their one year mandatory service participated in the programme.
The NYSC State coordinator, Mrs Emmanuel Okpongete implored them to the knowledge acquired during their sojourn in the camp to fruitful ventures.
The NYSC which was the brainchild of the former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon came on stream in 1973, with the objective of fostering national integration and developing the youths. Orientation course comes ahead of the four cardinal programmes of the scheme where the members are engaged in a series of training that will avail them of the needed skills.