By Sani Idris, Kaduna.
Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday restated the government’s commitment to supporting the attainment of the noble objectives of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The governor gave the assurance at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream II NYSC orientation course for corps members deployed to serve in Kaduna State.
El-Rufai, who was represented by the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, assured that his administration would do its best in providing a favorable environment for the corps members to discharge their assignments.
He stressed that all employers in the public and private sectors must accept all youth corps members posted to them and make them comfortable.
El-Rufai, therefore, enjoined the corps members to take their postings in good fate and see it as opportunity to improve or even save the people’s lives.
“You must bear in mind that the NYSC was established primarily to promote national integration and enhance national development.
“For these objectives to be realised, you must have an open mind, as you move into your host communities by discarding all the prejudices you harbour about them and embrace reality,” he said.
The governor also urged the corps members to put Nigeria first in all their endeavours, by striving to ensure that the enemies of Nigeria trying to disunite country failed.
“Do not allow yourselves to be used to sabotage our country in any way. The future is yours but we must fight now to preserve it for us to inherit it,” he said.
Earlier, the Acting Director-General of NYSC, Mrs Christy Uba, enjoined the corps members to perform their duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and By-Laws, including workplace rules.
Uba, represented by the NYSC State Coordinator in Kaduna, Mr Odoba Abel, warned the corps members to desist from meddling in the local politics of their host communities.
She urged them to be security conscious, while shunning social vices and acts that could tarnish the image of the scheme.
She also urged the corps members to avoid being speculative on issues affecting the NYSC and, instead, visit the website, social media platforms and other official channels for clarifications.
Uba thanked the federal, states and local governments and security agencies, among other stakeholders, for their support to the scheme.