By Simeon Bankole
The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Muhammad Kaku Fadah, DSS Pjsc, MA, MTRCN has admonished corps members to avoid acts that can endanger their lives during and after the service year.
The Director General gave the admonition in his address at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) corps members deployed to Ondo State.
General Fadah who the NYSC Ondo State Coordinator represented, Mrs Victoria Nnenna Ani said that corps members should refrain from keeping late nights, attending night/nocturnal parties, visitation of dangerous places and acceptance of car lifts from strangers.
“My dear corps members, as you proceed to your places of primary assignment, I urge you to be security conscious at all times. Meanwhile, we are in constant liaison with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure your safety and address other essential needs for a fulfilling service year”.
The NYSC boss said that he had received impressive reports on their participation in the entrepreneurial training conducted in camp under the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
He said, ‘I encourage you to build on the skills acquired by availing yourselves of opportunities for post-camp training as this will go a long way in empowering you for self-reliance and I wish to assure you that management will continue to explore avenues for optimising the impact of the programme’.
While reminding them that the oath of allegiance which they pledged to accept their posting in good faith, enjoined them to perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws as well as workplace rules and regulations.
“In keeping with the objectives of the Scheme, you are expected to integrate into your host communities while also appreciating and respecting their cultures. I must, however, emphasise that engagement in their local politics is a no-go area for you”.
“Furthermore, I enjoin you to undertake personal and group Community Development Service CDS) projects that will help to uplift the living standard of the people of your host communities,” he said.
The one-star General admonished the members of the service corps to be good ambassadors of NYSC and responsible citizens in society and urged them to be wary of acts that portray a negative image of the Scheme such as drug abuse and trafficking, cybercrime and advanced fee fraud.
“Remember that your membership of the service corps does not confer on you immunity from the legal consequences of any wrongdoing. I, therefore, enjoin you to continue to be law-abiding while also serving as role models to the younger ones”.
One of the highlights of the low-key closing ceremony was the recognition accorded a corps member, Adama, Ojodumine Eunice, code number OD/22B/2657 who despite being physically challenged participated actively and consistently in all the camp activities while two camp officials were also honoured with commendation letters for being diligent and up and doing throughout the period of the orientation course.
The 951 corps members who enlisted in the orientation course three weeks ago will now commence the second cardinal point of the NYSC programme earnestly and report to their places of primary assignment.