By Habibu Harisu, Wamakko (Sokoto State).
The Acting Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Christy Ubah, has urged corps members to initiate impactful community development projects and be security conscious at all times.
Ubah gave the advice on Tuesday while addressing the 2022 Batch C, stream II, corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Wamakko Local Government Area of Sokoto state.
She urged the corps members to initiate viable projects that would impact positively on their host communities during the service year to boost development.
Ubah enjoined the corps members to avoid free rides, so as not to become victims of the machinations of criminals, while refraining from unnecessary journeys during their service year.
The acting director-general also advised the corps members to always follow available channels of communication available in the scheme to address perceptible grey issues.
She also cautioned the corps members against the negative use of the social media, saying: “Don’t go to social media to report allowance issue, if caught, you will be sanctioned appropriately.”
On the 2023 general elections, the Ubah called on corps members who would participate to take due advantage of the election sensitisation programmes and training to get knowledge on the exercise.
She urged them to be neutral, apolitical, patriotic and not to compromise, while doing the right things during the elections.
Ubah appealed to politicians to protect the corps members and put them first before their personal interests.
“Be straightforward on issues, build bridges and relationships. You are going to benefit from it later.
“It is one of the assets you will gather here and it is going to help you in the future,” she said.
Ubah said the intention of the initiators of the NYSC scheme was to enhance understanding, foster unity and integration of the citizens
She expressed delight with the achievements of the scheme and attributed the outcomes to the efforts, contributions and innovations of corps members towards unity and nation building.
In his remarks, the Coordinator of NYSC in Sokoto State, Muhammad Nakamba, expressed satisfaction of NYSC members towards the general orientation courses.
Nakamba said that all the camp officials and collaborating bodies were doing well in the courses and were diligently discharging their duties.
He urged the corps members to utilise the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Development (SAED) programme and acquire economic skills, saying that “white-collar jobs are no longer readily available”.