By Davies Iheamnachor
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Suleman Kazaure, has warned corps members to avoid unnecessary journeys during their service year.
Kazaure expressed fears over kidnapping of corps members in Rivers State, stressing that the menace was rampant in the state.
Kazaure gave the warning at the Permanent Orientation Camp of the NYSC in Nonwa/Gbam Tai, Tai Local Government Area of the state, while addressing 2974 Batch B Stream II corps members during a tour of the facilities at the camp.
Kazaure warned corps members not to move alone to lonely places and not to leave their places of service indiscriminately, adding that no corps member should do anything that will expose him or her to the risk of being kidnapped by bandits.
Kazaure said: “Pay close attention to the skill acquisition programmes going on in the camp. The programmes you go through in the camp are arranged to guide you through the challenges you will encounter during the service year.
“After the orientation programme, you will be posted to different communities. Respect the culture of your host communities. Avoid unnecessary journeys and night parties.” and shun every form of sharp practices.” Avoid unnecessary journey and avoid night parties.
“Be security conscious. Be sensitive in everywhere you are going. I don’t want any of you to be kidnapped. We hear what is happening in the state. Kidnapping is rampant in Rivers State. I don’t want any of you to run the risk of being kidnapped.”
The NYSC boss promised to ensure improved welfare for the youths and workers of the corp.
He also urged the corpers to take the skills acquisition programmes seriously and respect the culture of their host communities.
However, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Omotayo Adewoye, in his address thanked the DG for his benevolence.