Employers in the country have been urged to always accept corps members posted to their organisations and make all the necessary provisions for their welfare.In addition, they are urged to mentor the corps members properly to enable them to develop their potential.
In addition, they are urged to mentor the corps members properly to enable them to develop their potential. The call was made by the Director General of National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General MK Fadah at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream I Orientation Course of 1186 corps members posted to Yobe state held on Tuesday.
The NYSC DG who was represented by the Yobe state Coordinator of the NYSC, Hajiya Hafsat Yerima also called on other stakeholders, including state governments and local government authorities as well as traditional rulers, to give the necessary encouragement to the corps members.
He reminded the corps members of the oath of allegiance in which they pledged to accept posting in good faith enjoining 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,” he added. The DG further enjoined them to undertake personal and group Community Development Service (CDS) projects that will help to uplift the living standard of the people of their various host communities.
According to him, “At all times, you should be good ambassadors of the NYSC as well as your families and institutions of graduation. Therefore, you must be wary of acts that portray negative image of the scheme, especially vices such as drug abuse and trafficking, cybercrime and advanced-fee-fraud.”
“Also 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 for the younger ones,” the DG stressed. He also urged them to avoid using the social media for ethnic jingoism, rumour peddling and the promotion of hatred saying, “Instead, your activities online should be targeted at self-improvement as well as promotion of the unity, peace and prosperity of our dear country. In the same vein, avoid being speculative on issues affecting the NYSC and, instead, visit our website, social media platforms and other official channels for clarifications.”
The DG reiterated warning against unauthorised journeys and night trips stressing that travelling at night will not only increase the risk of accident, but also make rescue difficult, “you are, therefore, advised to always cut short your trips from six o’clock in the evening and pass the night at NYSC lodges, military barracks and other locations officially designated as safe.
Furthermore, you should board vehicles only at approved motor parks so as to avoid falling prey to criminals.” He also used the opportunity to remind the corps members that the COVID-19 prevention protocols are not meant to be observed in the orientation camp only saying, “With your level of awareness of the virus, I am confident that you would continue to be on your guard everywhere you find yourselves while also helping to sensitise members of your host communities.