By Ada Okafor
Corps members serving in Òkè-ìlà community in Ifedayo Local Government Area, Osun State, have put smiles on the faces of the community folks by refurbishing two long-abandoned boreholes in the community.
The project which was carried out on Thursday was commissioned by the Orangun of Òkè-Ila, HRM Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin.
Ọba Abolarin commended the Corps members for their selfless contributions to facelift of the community, adding that their presence have been a great source of motivation and inspiration for the youths and children in the area.
“You have indeed shown to me and my people that the NYSC Scheme is not a sham and that your training was indeed worthwhile.
“Aside your imparting knowledge in our children, you have surprised us further by working towards making portable water available for our people. You have done well”, he said.
Ọba Abolarin stated that people in the community had given up hope of ever getting portable water from the boreholes because it had been abandoned for a very long time, but for the intervention of the Corps members.
He appreciated the scheme for believing in the unity of the nation and working towards achieving it.
“Most of the Corps members who have carried out one project or the other are mostly from different states, tribes and climes but the scheme succeeds in bringing them together and they as a team work in harmonious symphony to achieve the mandates of the NYSC”.
Earlier, the Osun State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Winifred Shokpeka, represented by the Local Government Inspector, Mr. Oniye Damilare, appreciated the traditional ruler and the community for the warm reception accorded the corps members when they first resumed, making them feel at home in the community.
He stated that based on their training, it was expedient for them to reciprocate the hospitality of the people by leaving a positive landmark such as they had done.
The programme also had in attendance the LG Inspectors of Ejigbo and Isokan Local Government, Mr. Akin Owoseni and Mr. Rotimi Onatade, respectively.