The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has disclosed that the success of the orientation course is critical to the operations of the Scheme.
The Director-General made the disclosure today during a virtual Zoom meeting monitored across all the NYSC Camps nationwide.
“I want to let you know that your attitude towards obeying the rules and regulations governing the conduct of orientation course and observing the protocol of COVID -19 will determine the success or otherwise of the cardinal programmes of this noble Scheme.
General Ibrahim said that corps members should see their mobilisation and deployment to the State of service as a rare opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
“My dear children in the national service, this meeting becomes imperative because of the new normal that we found ourselves as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic otherwise known as COVID -19 which has affected all our endeavours”.
“I know that the contents of the orientation course will guide your conduct but I need to lay emphasis on your cooperation with the camp management.
“You are expected to display a high sense of patriotism towards national service and be of impeccable character at your places of primary assignment and host communities”.
The Director-General charged the members of the service corps to add values to the Scheme by embarking on projects that would touch on the needs of their various communities.
“The process of winning Presidential award starts right from the camp through your Local and State Government to the national level. Your commitment, hard work and dedication to the cardinal programmes of NYSC will determine your eligibility for the Presidential Honours Award”
“The process, procedures and criteria for the selection are rigorous and you are expected to distinguish yourself right from the orientation course and give rare and uncommon service without blemish throughout the period of your service to the fatherland”.
The General who was last year elevated to the envious status of an Associate Professor at Military University, Biu in Borno State appealed to corps members to take their personal security seriously and cut down on social activities.
“It is instructive to inform you to take your personal security very seriously. Let your colleagues know about your movements and don’t take chances with people who may appear nice with lots of affection towards you”.
“Whenever you want to travel, go to designated motor parks to board vehicles and restrain yourself from standing by the roadside to board vehicles which the road transport unions cannot vouch for”.
“In the same manner, I want to resist jumping into the flashy cars that want to give you a ride. Those people may have criminal intentions such as kidnapping, banditry or looking for someone for ritual purposes and it is better to remain alive and live peacefully than to be regretting your actions”.
General Ibrahim observed that it was worrisome the way and manner corps members use social media to address issues that ordinarily should have been handled administratively.
“Be careful about the use of social media and don’t use it to malign or destroy your fellow human beings. If you must use social media as a private citizen, use it to promote our programmes and the values we stand for”.
“Let me reiterate that NYSC management has zero-tolerance for any acts capable of undermining or paint us in the colour that is not in tandem with our aims and objectives. We shall not hesitate to deal with such a situation in accordance with the provision of the law governing our establishment”.
The Director-General emphasised on dress code and admonished the corps members to dress properly and appropriately.
While wishing the corps members a successful orientation course, he said, ‘I want you to always dress properly and adhere to the dress code for all occasions’.