The Acting Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Christy Uba has warned Corps members deployed to Ebonyi State to desist from meddling into local politics of their host communities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Uba further urged them to integrate into their host communities while appreciating and respecting their cultures, as well as enjoined them to undertake personal and group Community Development Service projects that would uplift the living standard of the communities.
She gave the warning during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch C stream 2 orientation course which was held on Tuesday, at the NYSC permanent site, Old McGregor college in Afikpo North Local Government Area of the State.
Our correspondent reports that a total of 869 Corps members of the 2022 Batch C stream 2, made of 481 females, and 388 males exited the orientation camp following the conclusion of the exercise.
Uba, who was represented by the State Coordinator, Mrs. Bamai Mercy, earlier called on the Corps members to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work, and resilience that they imbibed during the Orientation Course and expressed confidence that they would be good ambassadors of the NYSC.
“My dear compatriots, as you begin the next phase of the Service, I urge you to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work, and resilience that you imbibed during the Orientation Course.
” It is my ardent hope that you will strive to meet the expectations of Nigerians by contributing towards the progress and development of our dear country.
“In keeping with the objectives of the Scheme, you are expected to integrate into your host communities while also appreciating and respecting their cultures. You must desist from meddling in their local politics”. Mrs. Uba said.
The DG equally told them to be reminded of their oath of allegiance to accept their postings in good faith and perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws as well as workplace rules and regulations.
She commended their participation in the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship for Development SAED program during the orientation exercise and urged them to avail themselves of post-camp training while giving assurance that the management would continue to work with relevant financial institutions to improve the scheme.
On the issue of security and the welfare of Corps members, the DG, charged Corps members to be security conscious at all times and avoid indulgence in activities that would endanger their lives such as unauthorized trips, attending night clubs as well as cult-related activities.
The DG appealed to Corps employers to accept Corps Members posted to them and urged them to make necessary provisions for their welfare; ” I urge employers to mentor these young Nigerians properly to enable them to develop their potential.
“I also call on other stakeholders, including State and Local Government authorities as well as traditional rulers, to give the necessary encouragement to the Corps members”. Mrs. Uba added.