By NBF News

Governor Olusegun Mimiko yesterday advised Nigerian youths not to rely on white collar jobs but rather be ready to be self-reliant after completing their education. Mimiko gave the advice at the passing out parade of the Batch B 2009 corps members posted to the state, urging them to key into such programmes that would greatly assist them in unleashing their entrepreneurial skills and potentials that would also help the country in attaining the Federal Government's vision 20:20.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Yekeen Olanipekun, the Governor said most of the government offices have been oversaturated with workers. Mimiko said the government was executing various projects geared towards job creation and poverty alleviation, adding that soft loans were being given to various categories of people to enable them establish small and medium scale businesses.

He said his administration increased the stipend being paid to corps members in order to make them comfortable while serving in the state. Earlier in his speech, the state National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) Coordinator, Mrs Abosede Olubunmi, said 15 among the Corps members posted to the state would face disciplinary action in line with the bye laws of the scheme.

She noted that 16 corps members who performed excellently well during their service year, received various awards just as some others got commendations. Mrs. Olubunmi disclosed that those that absconded from the scheme would have to repeat their service year outright anytime they re-surface.

The NYSC Coordinator however, commended the high sense of patriotism and zeal with which the corps members carried out their various community development activities. She also lauded the Ondo State Government for consistent magnanimity and love for the scheme, stating that the scheme would continue to partner the state government.