By Katurak Yashim
Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General (D-G), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has warned corps members against engaging in fraud, cybercrime, drug trafficking, and abuse, as their status does not grant them immunity from legal consequences.
Ibrahim gave the warning on Tuesday, during his address at the Closing Ceremony of the two weeks Orientation Course organized by the scheme for the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream I set of corps members at the Kubwa Camp, Abuja.
Ibrahim, represented by Mr Suleiman Abdul, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, charged corps members to desist from committing such acts during the service year as it soils the image of the scheme.
He urged the corps members to ensure that they remain law-abiding citizens and role models to others.
“At all times you should be good ambassadors of the NYSC as well as your families and institutions of graduation.
“You must be wary of acts that can soil our image, especially vices such as drug abuse and trafficking, cybercrime, and advanced-fee-fraud.
“Remember that being a youth corps member does not confer 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,” Ibrahim said.
The director-general assured corps members that the scheme remains committed to their security, however, he urged them not to engage in acts that would put them in harm’s way.
According to Ibrahim, these acts include staying out late at night, attending night parties, visiting dangerous places, and accepting rides from strangers.
He said that unauthorized journeys and night trips also jeopardize the safety of corps members as such trips make rescue difficult and increase the risk for an accident.
“You are, therefore, advised to always cut short your trips from six o’clock in the evening and pass the night at military barracks and other locations officially designated as safe.
“Furthermore, you should board vehicles only at approved motor parks to avoid falling prey to criminals.
“Let me use this opportunity to remind you that the COVID-19 prevention protocols are not meant to be observed in the orientation camp alone.
“With your level of awareness of the virus, I am confident that you will continue to be on your guard everywhere you find yourselves while also helping to sensitize members of the host communities,” Ibrahim said.
He reiterated the need for all corps members to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus in line with the Federal Government’s Dec. 1 deadline.
According to Ibrahim, the federal government plans to make the presentation of vaccination a condition for gaining entry to government offices from Dec. 1.
“Embrace the federal government’s gesture of providing free COVID-19 vaccine and be vaccinated to protect yourselves.
“You are, therefore, expected to make yourselves available for the vaccination as the rule will apply to you in your places of primary assignment,” Ibrahim added.
Earlier, in a nationwide virtual broadcast to the new batch of corps members, the director-general warned corps members against taking any leave after the orientation course and to immediately resume duties at their areas of postings.
“I want to warn you that there is nothing like two weeks leave after orientation course. Settle down in your places of primary assignments.
“I advise you to continue with the post-camp training of the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to be self-empowered, instead of seeking for the unavailable salary jobs.
“I also urge you to emulate your predecessors, who during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, offered selfless services by producing sanitizers, face masks, pedal-operated water, and sanitizer dispensers.
“They also offered free online extra-moral classes, among others, to cushion the effects of the pandemic and the nationwide lockdown on the public,” Ibrahim said.
The director-general urged the corps members to initiate laudable projects in their communities of posting to ameliorate the sufferings of the people, improve their standard of living and give them a new lease of life.
He warned the corps members against presenting fake medical documents when requesting for redeployment as those caught will be sanctioned.
Ibrahim also warned those requesting or offering bribes to initiate redeployment for corps members to desist from such acts as services rendered by the scheme were free.
The director-general said that anyone caught receiving or taking bribes for this purpose will be sanctioned appropriately.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2,140 corps members participated in the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream I orientation course in the FCT; 816 male and 1,324 female.
Registration for the orientation course was held from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, and the Swearing-in of registered corps members took place on Oct. 26 (NAN)