Corps Members To Repeat Service Year

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The National Youth Service Corps said Thursday that corps members will now be posted to farms for the one year primary assignment in order to address corps rejection by some employers who cannot engage the corps members posted to their organisations.

The agency said the full ceremony is organised because the security of the country has greatly improved.

To this end, Markson said three corps members who took time to execute viable projects in their host communities have been shortlisted for recognition.

Further speaking on the issues, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Bello Ballama, noted that the idea was also to boast skill acquisition of the corps members through the activities that would engage them in various categories of farming and crop production.

The coordinator however, implored them to be committed to a lifelong service of rebuilding Nigeria as well as make use of their skills, intellect and development to better the lives of people around them. "You will agree with me that the era of white collar jobs is no more", he stated.

"The National Youth Service Corps no doubt, has been in the forefront of nation building, with particular emphasis on national integration and entrepreneurial development among graduate youths".

The coordinator said three corps members received the prestigious 'NYSC State Honors Award'.

She added that while a corps member was rewarded for being outstanding, four others would be repeating the service year for absconding and six would have extension of between one and six months according to NYSC rule.

He promised to provide additional accommodation to the scheme in the state that would house more than 2,000 corps members.

The State NYSC Coordinator, Josephine Bakare, said that a total of 1,542 corps members, comprising 615 male and 927 female were deployed to the state.

"On a sad note, we lost three corps members of this batch to the cold hands of death".

He said that 4,876 corps members successfully completed their service.

The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Grace Laoye-Tomori, also charged them to arm themselves with skills gained in the course of the service year as they stepped into the larger society.

Arokoyo then disclosed that the state government had provided a farewell package of N3, 000 as transportation fare for the outgoing corps members.