Desist From Unauthorized Traveling – NYSC DG Warn Corp Members

Corps members deployed to Edo State have been warned to desist from unauthorized traveling during their service year in the State.
The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Suleman Kazaure, gave the warning Monday at the Scheme’s Temporary Orientation Camp, Okada, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the State.
He disclosed that the Scheme has lost a great number of its members to road accidents as a result of unauthorized traveling embarked upon by Corps members.
Kazaure, who was represented by the Acting Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mrs. Josephine Okonghae, on an inspection of the facilities, urged corps members to accept their postings to their primary places​ of assignments in good fate, in order to settle down and contribute their quota to the development of the respective communities.
He said they should shun unauthorized traveling to avoid road accidents in order to preserve them for their parents, who had laboured to train them.
He advised that should there be any need to travel out of their primary places of assignments, they should take permission from the authorities concerned.
“I am talking about journey. I want to appeal to you, after going home to bring your things and settling down, please, try as much as possible to remain in your locations. We lost many Corps members as a result of accidents. There is no need for you to undertake unnecessary journey. Please, try as much as possible to limit your journey.
“Also, obtain proper permission before you embark on your journey because there are sanctions for not doing so,” he said.
The NYSC Director-General who commended the Corps members for their prompt adjustment to camp life, urged them to take advantage of the skill-acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme made available at the camp seriously so that they could be self-sufficient, rather than waiting to get the white collar jobs that are not there.
He also warned them against posting unverifiable information on the social media which could lead to undue tension in the society, warning that any one caught in the act would face severer sanctions from the Scheme.
Earlier, the State Coordinator, Mr. Abdullahi Yusuf Baba, while presenting the 1,920 members of the 2017 batch “A” stream II to the D-G, said the Scheme has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Governor of the State.
He disclosed that the Governor has given a marching order for the completion of the building of the NYSC permanent camp at Okada and the renovation of the NYSC Zonal Office at Oredo Local Government Area of the State.
Abdullahi also noted that efforts were being made to make camp life meaningful to the Corps members during the three-week orientation exercise.
One of the Corps members, Mrs. Rafiat Atanda, a graduate of English from Lagos State University, who spoke for others, said the visit of the D-G to the camp has shown that he loves and cares for them.
She promised to contribute her quota to the development of her host community and to be more patriotic to serve Nigeria, her fatherland.

River State To Improve Corp Members Welfare

The Rivers State Government says plans are underway to improve corp members welfare serving in the state.

Rivers State Governor
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (2nd left)

The State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike disclosed this while declaring open the orientation camp exercise for the 2017 batch “A”stream II corps members at the National Youths Service Corps, permanent orientation camp in Nonwa/Gbam in Tai Local Government of the State over the weekend.

Governor Wike re-stated the commitment of the state government to continue to support the management and the governing board of the NYSC in the state through various skills acquisition programmes.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government who doubles as the state chairman of NYSC governing board, Hon Kenneth Kobani, the governor said, his administration was committed to ensuring that their service in the state would be a rewarding moment, adding that by the time the government rolls out its plan, they would not regret serving in the state.

The state chief executive urged them to exhibit a sense of patriotism during their service in the state by shunning every form of cultism, religious intolerance  and other anti-social activities that are detrimental to the development of the state and society at large. “I implore you to shun cultism, religious intolerance and other anti-social activities. Ensure you uphold the oath of your office by being patriotic to your fatherland.  See your service as a mark of honour and hard work to serve your country. Relate freely well with your colleagues and host communities. On our part, we are committed to providing security, protection and improved welfare”, he stated.

Governor  Wike however, while congratulating the about 2,358 corps members on their academic feats as  well as their parents, remarked that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was established to restructure and cushion the plights of  Nigerians as well as to promote reintegration among Nigerians after the Civil War.

According to him, the scheme has contributed immensely to the development of the country, adding that they should emulate and imbibe the spirit of oneness exhibited by their predecessors who served in the state and embarked on community development projects in their various areas of primary assignment.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Special Duties in the office of secretary to the State Government, Dr George Nweke who represented the SSG on the occasion thanked the State Government for its support to the scheme in the state.

He assured them of their security and protection and urged them to expose themselves to the abundant heritage in the state.

VSO Lauds NYSC for their Support Towards Its Programmes

VSO lauds NYSC for their support

The National Youth Service Corps has been commended by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for its support towards the success of its programmes in Nigeria.

The commendation was made yesterday at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja, by the VSO Country Director, Lucia Balonwu; during a visit to the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure. VSO is partnering with NYSC on the National Graduates Volunteer Programme (NGVP). This programme involves the deployment of Ex and serving Corps members who volunteers to work in the areas of education, health and agriculture.

The VSO Country Director, Lucia Balonwu, thanked NYSC for the opportunity given to VSO to engage Corps members in its programme implementations, and added that the presence of the Scheme in all parts of the country has made it a good partner in any development project. “As a result of our partnership, we have been able to reach several states across Nigeria, and been able to enrich the lives of youths in the country as well as communities,” she said.

The NYSC management were briefed by the country Director on the various VSO that is currently being implemented in most staes. ” Apart from contributing to development of communities, the VSO also seeks to build the capacity of youths to work with community members for development purposes” she said. The need to instil the spirit of volunteering in Nigerians, especially the youth, was also emphasized upon by her.

The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, in his response praised VSO for its various programmes and also assured them of NYSC commitment to the success of the partnership between the two organizations.
He also assured them that NYSC will continue implement ways to instill the spirit of volunteering among Corps members. However, he urged Voluntary Service Overseas to put into consideration, the expansion of their programme to more states of the Federatiion.

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