The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says 21 corps members in the 2017 Batch A Stream 1, who were sent to Akwa Ibom, are to repeat their service for absconding during the period.
Mr Julius Amusan, the NYSC state coordinator, disclosed this during the passing out ceremony in Uyo on Thursday.
Amusan added that 12 of the 2,827 corps members sent to the state would have to face extended service ranging from three to four months for absenteeism, among other offences.
“During the service year under review, 21 corps members absconded from service and have been recommended for outright repeat of service whenever they resurface.
“There are 12 others that committed various degrees of misconduct ranging from unauthorised journeys to absenteeism and other acts not in conformity with the NYSC Bye laws.
“They will serve extension of service ranging from three to four months,” Amusan said.
The state coordinator, however, commended some corps members for their exemplary behaviour, adding that they conducted themselves within the ambit of the law and lived up to the ideals of the scheme.
Amusan charged the outgoing corps members to make use of the lessons they have learnt during the service as their guiding principles.
“Life after service may not have presented a rosy picture, particularly the dire unemployment situation, but the courage and resilience you will put into it matter a lot.
“The various skills to which you have been exposed in the last one year will serve as a catalyst to overcoming immediate challenge, as you go into the labour market,” he said.
The state coordinator regretted that three corps members from the batch lost their lives in the course of the service.
He thanked Gov Udom Emmanuel, corps employers, security agencies and other stakeholders for their support during the service year.
In his remarks, Gov Udom Emmanuel said that NYSC had been a critical partner in the development of Akwa Ibom.
Emmanuel, who was represented by Mr Aniedi Dickson, thePermanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, added that contributions of the NYSC in the implementation of government policies and programmes impacted greatly on all sectors of the economy.
“The Government and people of Akwa Ibom State cannot compensate you adequately for filling the gaps in our educational and socioeconomic lives.
“The enduring legacies you are leaving behind will be preserved for our benefits and posterity,” the governor said.
While advocating for an improvement on all federal allowances paid to corps members, Emmanuel stressed that he would consider a review of state allowances.
He urged corps members to judiciously use the knowledge acquired from Skill Acquisition and Enterpreneurship Development (SAED) to develop them and become employers of labour. (NAN)
– Apr. 12, 2018 @ 14:32 GMT |