Members of the National Youth Service Corps have been advised to avoid induced rejection, but to accept their posting in good faith and settle down to contribute their quota to the development of their host communities.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this while de-briefing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream Two Corps Members and Camp Officials through a nationwide virtual address.
According to him, any Corps Member caught inducing posting or redeployment would be sanctioned in line with National Youth Service Corps bye-laws.
He debunked the two weeks break after leaving the Orientation Camp myth as held by Corps members, adding that if there is a compelling need for any Corps Member to travel, the concerned must obtain permission from the NYSC through the established channel.
Ibrahim said no Corps employer is authorised to grant permission to any Corps Member to travel.
He urged them to be patriotic in the service to their fatherland and ensure they equally add value to themselves, NYSC Scheme and the society at large.
The Director-General admonished the newly inducted members to use the opportunity of NYSC platform to excel in life.
“You have gone through the rudiments of the Orientation Course, please take advantage of it and see what you can do for your fatherland.
Let the spirit of the Orientation Exercise live in you forever as Nigerians. National integration should be your watchword. We should be united as a country”, the DG added.
General Ibrahim warned against the negative use of social media, urging them to verify every information before it is shared online to avoid any action that will haunt them in the future.
The Director-General implored the Corps Members to continue with the Post-Camp training in Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme.
He further said that efforts are in top gear towards the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund, which would make start-up capitals available to interested Corps Members to start – up their businesses as they exit Service.
He revealed that the Scheme had partnered with some financial institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria, Access Bank, Bank of Industry, Unity Bank, NYSC Foundation, Leventis Foundation, among others that are ready to support Corps Members with loans and training.
Ibrahim also enjoined the Corps Members to be security conscious at all times and avoid any action that may endanger their safety.
He warned them against boarding vehicles from unauthorized motor parks, enjoining them to use approved motor parks.
He said the Scheme is making efforts to get a rebate on flight charges for Corps Members that may want to travel by flight.
He informed the Corps Members that efforts are ongoing as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to enlist Corps Members in the National Health Insurance Scheme for effective medicare during the service year.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues nationwide, the Imo State Corps Camp Director, Otobo Joshua Osa, IM/21B/1740, lauded the Director-General for his doggedness and passion for the welfare and security of Corps Members.
In conclusion, he said “We remain eternally grateful and we assure you of our commitment to the ideals of the NYSC, having imbibed all the lessons taught us in the course of the Orientation Programme.”