…. Says his greatest achievement is mental transformation of staff.
The Anambra State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Kehinde Aremu, has been recently honoured by one of the top leading Non-Governmental Organizations in the state with the Anambra State Achievers Award prior to the event that marked his two years tenure in office, report Mercy Hill and Alexander Johnson Adejoh, Precious Ukeje.
This was made known to Fides during an exclusive interview with the NYSC boss, at the NYSC Secretariat, Nibo, Tuesday, June 9.
Mr Aremu who clocked two years in office as the State Coordinator of the scheme in Anambra State on June 4, 2020, noted that his greatest achievement was the mental transformation of staff mindset towards work.
He attributed the successes recorded during the period to his Father, who he noted played a significant role in making him what he was today. He also mentioned Mr Anthony Ani as one of his mentors.
Expressing delight in the collective effort of all the staff of the Scheme in the state, Mr Aremu disclosed that he loved working with the youths owing to the fact that he was pleased to be part of the transformation process of the corps members, disclosing that NYSC is a family that builds and nurtures future leaders.
He reiterated that one should be conscious of the fact that death can come at any time, therefore should strive to leave a worthy legacy which is of great essence in life.
When asked how he was able to manage cordial relationship with the Anambra State Government, Mr Aremu noted that the Igwes in the East were very powerful adding that he had to ensure communication with all the traditional rulers. ‘I am at first time call to everyone of them, even the oldest, Igwe Orizu of Nnewi’ he said.
Speaking on behalf of the staff, the Assistant Director, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneural Development (SAED), Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwafor, appreciated the Coordinator on his remarkable strides within the period of two years noting that Mr Aremu was a dynamic leader. She restated the loyalty of staff to the Scheme, and prayed the Almighty God to grant him (Aremu) more wisdom and good health to continue with the good work he was doing.
Also speaking to Fides, Mr Ayanda Ayorinde, the Assistant Director, Corps Inspection and Monitoring testified that Mr Aremu was a great achiever, describing him as a citadel of genuinety.
‘Not mincing words, I must say that the Coordinator is one who carter for the welfare of his staff and that of the corps members. We have recorded so many coordinators who had achieved little or nothing compared to Mr Aremu even though they stayed longer in office.
‘ The man (Aremu) had taken NYSC in Anambra from the scratch to a great height, he engineered our relocation from the dilapidated Secretariat at Amawbia to this wonderful Secretariat at Nibo and he is currently working on moving us to a 30-room office complex that is more condusive. He also fostered our relocation from the temporary camp at Umunya to the Permanent NYSC Orientation Camp at Umuawulu-Mbaukwu against all odds,’ Ayorinde disclosed.
However, Mr Felix Obiekwe, an Editorial Consultant, noted that the Coordinator had changed the perception of members of the staff towards work, noting that he (the NYSC Boss) was a team leader and loves to carry everyone along, Mr Obiekwe said, adding that he was not surprised at the level of achivements Mr Aremu had recorded.
On the part of colleborative agencies that works with the scheme, ASC Chidebere Agu, Head of Civil Defence on Camp 2019 Batch C stream 1 and 2 described Mr Aremu as a professional leader, adding that the entire Civil Defence Team were delighted working with him.
Speaking on behalf of the corps members, Mr James Ibekwe, the Corps Liaison Officer, Awka South Local Government Area, appreciated the efforts of the Coordinator noting that Mr Aremu was a father, leader and mentor to all.
He added that the corps was blessed having a leader like ‘Daddy Aremu’ as he called him, who he said piloted the smooth and eventful programs corpers enjoyed at orientation camp.
‘We are a testament of his good leadership and we pray for more years of fruitful impact,’ Ibekwe said
Some of the members of staff who spoke with Fides, expressing satisfaction with Mr: Aremu’s administration were Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs Anuli Molokwu; Assistant Director, Corps Deployment and Relocation, Lady Doris Erumwunse; Assistant Director, Accounts, Mr Thomas Ogedegbe; Zonal Inspector Awka Zone, Mr Charles Anene, State PRO, Mr Samuel Ogah; Awka South Local Government Inspector, Mrs Chidinma Nwanna amongst others.