The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Thursday, said three corps members who absconded from their duty posts would repeat the service year while 2 others would get an extension.
At a Passing-Out Parade of 2022 Batch “B” Stream I corps members held in Gombe, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Dawut Jidda, stated that no fewer than 526 passed out in Gombe State. Jidda said the disciplinary measures for the various offences committed by the concerned corps members were issued after facing the Corps Disciplinary Committee. He stated that the measures were in line with the NYSC bye-law.
While congratulating the outgoing corps members, the state coordinator advised them to imbibe the culture of starting small, adding that great things often start with little things. “Use your talents and ingenuity to add value to your life, community and the nation at large.
“The big names we have in the fashion industry, theatre and business world started from somewhere”, he said.
He commended corps members who stood out in community development service for their selfless service and contributions.
According to him, the corps members have successfully channelled their ingenuity to complement the effort of the government, especially in rural communities.
“There are awards for outstanding corps members in community development, which include the Local Government award, State Honours award and Presidential Honours award.
“NYSC Gombe was ranked high at the just concluded Presidential Honours award; I do not doubt that a good number of you will be chosen for commendation when the need arises”, he said.
Jidda also cautioned the corps members against embarking on incessant journeys, night parties and indecent dressing, urging them to continue to be good ambassadors in their societies.
Meanwhile, in Bauchi, five members of the 2022 Batch B Stream 1 were also ordered to repeat their service year, while 10 others had their service extended for various misconducts. The state NYSC Coordinator. This was disclosed by the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Rifkatu Yakubu, on Thursday, during the collection of Certificates of National Service by the corps members.
According to her, the repetition of the service year by the affected corps members is a sanction meted out on them for various offences, including absconding and absenteeism during their service year.
Yakubu declared that NYSC has zero tolerance for truancy and other sundry offences, adding that the corps would not hesitate to punish any erring corps member.
She, however, urged the passing-out corps members to go straight home and reunite with their parents and relatives, adding that they should avoid travelling at night.
she said; “Those of you taking part in the post-camp skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development training, if you have not completed, you can carry on and complete it and for those of you that have not learned any skills, I want to advise that you start something.
“During your service year, at the end of the month, no matter how small, you know that alert will come in. But now that the service has come to an end, if you don’t involve yourself in doing something, honestly speaking, you will be demoralised in life.
“Don’t cause your parents pain because one of the worst things a parent can witness is to see his or her child being a graduate, sleeping at home every morning and asking for what to eat, transport money to go and visit a friend and money for a recharge card.
“Your parents want to see you up in the morning, going out to do something. No matter how little you will get, it is better than staying at home doing nothing,” Yakubu admonished the outgoing corps members”.