By Moyosore Salami
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has extended the service year of 38 corps members in Enugu State for various offences.
The coordinator of the scheme in the state, Sam Ujogu, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu during the passing-out ceremony of the 2021 Batch ‘A’, Stream two, corps members.
According to him, 12 corps members who absconded from service would be remobilised to start service afresh whenever they resurface.
Mr Ujogu said that the sanctions were as a result of the offences committed by the affected corps members which contravened the Bye-Laws of the scheme which he described as satisfactory the conduct of the corps members that were given the nod to participate in the passing out parade.
He commended the state government for its goodwill and assistance aimed at improving the scheme adding that the scheme was in dire need of a utility vehicle for effective supervision of corps members across the state.
Unify said that the corps members started their national service on May 18, 2021, stating that the event was the first ceremonial passing out parade since 2020 due to the restrictions on public gatherings necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. “To my outgoing corps members, I congratulate you for acquitting yourselves creditably during the service year. We appreciate your commitments to the realisation of the goals of the NYSC scheme,” Ujogu said.
Responding, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, advised the outgoing corps members to shun negative tendencies, including ‘yahoo yahoo’.
Mr Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Special Matters, Uwakwe Azikiwe, urged them to be confident in their abilities to earn decent living from honest endeavours.
The governor also appealed to them to shun the get-quick syndrome acts and be careful with the kind of company they would keep.“Given your certificates and strengthened by the experience of the national service, you must remain focused, resolute and confident in your abilities to earn a decent living from genuine endeavours,” he added.