The NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has charged the corps members not to run afoul of NYSC publications because the contents are self-explanatory and easy to understand.
The State Coordinator made the clarification when she gave a lecture on the NYSC Act to the 2021 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
Mrs. Ani said that the members of the service corps should as a matter of obligation read deeply and digest properly the contents of the publications such as the NYSC Act and NYSC Bye-Laws.
“A Gentlemen corps member, ignorance is not an excuse in a law court. NYSC engaged the services of professionally competent and academically sound experts in relative fields to produce those handbooks and it is imperative for you to take contents seriously as NYSC will not hesitate to wield big sticks against those who are found wanting.
“It is often said that if you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a publishable form but I want to disagree with the unfounded and unsubstantiated statement because I know that Nigerians are widely known to be a bookworm,” she said.
“You cannot be where you are today if your academic exercise has defects and my appeal to you is that if you want a trouble-free and successful service year, you must align wholly and submit yourself totally to all the contents contained therein”.
She dealt specifically with the responsibilities and what is expected of members of the service corps to their employers as well as the expectations of their various host communities during the service year.
The NYSC Ondo State boss explicitly and painstakingly explained several portions of the NYSC Act and admonished the corps members not to see the publication as a mere academic exercise.
“My dear children in the national service, some of you are seeing the offenses and penalties as obsolete and no longer in tandem with the best practice but I want to tell you that the moment the long arm of the law caught up with you, it is then that you will know the competent court of jurisdiction will apply the sanctions’.
“In liberal terms, any citizen or resident that is guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a term or both remains a convict and cannot contest for or be appointed to any public office in the land unless such person receives Presidential pardon, and this hurdle is not easy to cross”.
The Coordinator who was represented by the Assistant Director/Head, Corps Discipline and Reward, Mrs. Adejoke Fashola charged the corps members to go back to the culture of reading.
“Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) has made accessing information easier and this has turned the world into a global village but my candid advice to you all is that you should go back to the basics and re-invent your reading culture” she concluded.