The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, on Friday warned the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream One corps members to stay away from cultism and drug abuse, especially in the orientation camp.
He stressed that anyone who violates the scheme’s rules and regulations would be appropriately sanctioned. He also urged the corps members to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the NYSC Act and the NYSC bylaws in order to have a successful service year.
Ahmed gave the warning on Friday in a nationwide address to the corps members, who recently began their orientation exercise across the country. He said violation of the scheme’s dress code would attract sanctions as stated in the NYSC Act.
He added, “You must adhere to all camp rules and be obedient to the course officials. Let me also warn you that vices such as cultism and drug abuse are strictly prohibited on camp.
“For the avoidance of doubt, any violation of the dress code will attract appropriate sanctions as spelt out in the NYSC Act. I enjoin you to adhere to the official dress code for corps members and not only must you dress well, but also ensure you adorn the right kits for every occasion.”
The DG also admonished the corps members to take full advantage of the four cardinal programmes of the scheme, namely orientation, primary assignment, community development service and passing out/winding up activities, to contribute their quota to national development.
Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Governor, Dr Ahmed Aliyu, has assured corps members posted to the state of adequate security throughout their service year.
Speaking on Friday at the Wamakko permanent orientation camp during the inauguration of the 2023 batch ‘B’ stream 1, he stated, “Let me reiterate the commitment of our administration to accord priority on the security of corps members posted to the state.”
He explained that his government would continue to leverage the resources of the state to give maximum support to NYSC programmes. He urged them to imbibe the spirit of discipline and tolerance, and participate in all camp activities.
The governor donated N4,000 to each corps member participating in the orientation exercise in the state. The NYSC coordinator in the state, Mr Usman Yakubu Yaro, thanked the governor for the donation.