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NYSC has contributed to national integration – Wakkala

Abuja – The NYSC governing boards in some states have penalised erring corps members who completed their 2011 Batch `B’ service for various offences.

In Kebbi, the council penalised 13 of the 352 corps members who completed the service on Thursday.

The state NYSC coordinator, Mrs Sarauniya Gaduya, who spoke at the passing out ceremony on Thursday in Birnin Kebbi, said the 13 corps members were to repeat the service for acts of indiscipline while 12 others received the state honours award.

She appealed for the provision of a permanent orientation camp to ease the hardship posed by the temporary camp.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, who inspected the guard of honour and parade, said efforts would be made to ensure the safety of all corps members posted to the state.

In Osogbo, 16 members of the scheme who were found wanting during their service year are to face disciplinary actions, according to Mr Henry Enyenihi, the state coordinator.

1,715 corps members completed their service for the session.

Enyenihi said the affected corps members either absconded from service or committed other offences contrary to the rules.

On the contrary, however, the coordinator disclosed that some of the corps members made impacts in places of their primary assignments.

Enyenih, who listed the various projects embarked upon by some of the NYSC members, said 10 of them who had outstanding projects would go with honours awards.

In his address, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola condemned the killing of 10 NYSC members in Bauchi in the aftermath of the presidential election in April.

Represented by his deputy, Mrs Titilayo Tomori-Laoye, the governor recalled with sadness the killing of the corps members and condemned the gruesome act.

In Gusau, the Zamfara government has directed the immediate payment of eight months outstanding arrears to NYSC members who served in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala, said this on Thursday at the passing out ceremony of the 2010 Batch B corps members, who served in the state.

He said the state government would join hands with the NYSC management board to move the scheme forward for the development of the state.

Wakkala said the scheme had contributed to national integration, providing manpower needs and community development projects.

He commended the youths for their service to their father land in spite of some challenges facing the scheme.

Earlier in her remarks, the NYSC state coordinator, Mrs Lois Meller, said that 1,300 corps members served in the state.

Meller said that seven corps members would repeat their service year for absconding during the period under review.

She said that 17 corps members who were found to be truants in the course of their service would serve extension ranging from 60 day to 120 days.

Also in Abakaliki, 12 out of the 1,561 corps members who served in the batch, will be punished for going contrary to the stipulated bye-laws.

Mrs Clara Anekwe, the state coordinator of the programme, did not, however, mention the form of the punishment.

Anekwe announced that two corps members — Peter Maduemezia and Abdulkarbiru Rabi, died during the service year.

“Maduemezia, from Delta, died in Abakaliki on Jan.14 after a brief illness while Rabi, from Edo, died on May 5 during child delivery in Benin,” she said.

The coordinator said that seven corps members were adjudged worthy of the state honours award because of their extra-ordinary contributions to the society.

“Two members will receive the Chairman’s Merit award while 12 will receive the State Coordinators commendation letters,” she said.

In Kaduna, two of the corps members also lost their lives during the service year.

Adebayo Somefun, the NYSC coordinator in the state, said the deceased corps members lost their lives in auto accidents.

Somefun said the deceased lost their lives early this year in separate accidents while returning from home.

He said 2,645 corps members had completed the mandatory service in the state.

The coordinator said that four of them had been nominated for the prestigious NYSC state honors award and listed them as Ibe Obiakor, John Ferfe, Akor Goddy and Gozie Ugochukwu.

He said that Raji Taofeek, Bakare Oluwaseun, Thompson Iseoluwa, Esther Chioma and Michael Gana were given letters of commendation for their meritorious service to the state.

He, however, said that some of the corps members would not be passing-out with their colleagues for being found quilty of various acts of indiscipline.

Six members will need to out-rightly repeat the service year for abscondment while another six will have to serve various periods of extension as provide by the enabling law, he said.

In a similar development, Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa has commended the corps members for their dedication to the campaign against HIV/AIDS.

Nyako made the commendation during the passing out ceremony of the batch in Yola.

Nyako, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Bala James, said the corps members’ commitment toward HIV/AIDS eradication was applauded and received both national and international recognition.

In his remark, the state coordinator, Mr Abada Okpiroro, said 1,226 corps members passed out in the state out of whom 462 were female.

During the occasion, nine corps members received awards for their outstanding performance.

In Makurdi, some of the corps members who passed out on Thursday said the gloom in the labour market caused them anxiety.

A cross section of the corps members who spoke with NAN expressed fears over what would become of them after passing out.

Donatus Uzochkwu said whenever he saw applicants roaming the streets with their certificates, he felt for them.

“I feel for them because I know for sure that I will one day go into the already saturated labour market.

“One thing that keeps bothering me is that most state governments are displaying non-challant attitude to the menace,” he said.

Miss Abimbola Sola said that as they drew closer to their passing out, her thoughts were always filled with a particular question and no matter how she tried to push it away it remained.

“The question is: What will happen after NYSC? And I kept searching for answers and up till now, I am yet to get an answer to that stubborn question,” she said.

Miss Scholastica Odeh said the fear that some people had spent some eight or ten years in the labour market was usually dismissed in her mind.

“My job will come at its designated time, I am rest assured,” Odeh said.

Notwithstanding, some of them expressed happiness and gave thanks to God Almighty for guiding and guarding them through the period of their service. (NAN)


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