2023: DG warns Corp Members on election duty

Isaac Job, Uyo

The Acting Director General of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), Mrs Christy Uba has emphasized that participation in general elections by Corps members is not compulsory but voluntary and warned those interested to be fully prepared and carry out the duty with patriotism.

The Acting DG who stated this during the closing ceremony of the batch ‘C’ Stream 11 orientation course held at the NYSC Camp, Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday, advised interested members to make themselves available for proper training and sensitization to be thoroughly equipped to carry out duties expected of them.

“This is not the first time and it is not going to be the last time Corp members will be participating in general elections. I urge them to be neutral and apolitical during the exercise, they should make themselves available for all training and sensitization to be properly equipped to carry out what is expected of them during the special assignment.

“I want them to also know that: participation in the general elections is voluntary for Corp members, so those willing should be prepared and carry out the duty patriotically”. She advised.

Mrs Christy Uba

She further advised the Corp members to desist from meddling in local politics as they leave the camp to integrate into the society for their primary assessments.

Uba who assured that NYSC management was committed to making adequate provisions for welfare and security, urged the Corp members to be security conscious at all times and avoid acts that can endanger their lives such as: attending night parties, visiting dangerous places, accepting rides and gifts from strangers.

“At all times, you should be good ambassadors of the NYSC, as well as your families and institution of graduation. Therefore, you must be wary of acts that can portray the scheme in bad light; especially, drug abuse, trafficking, cybercrime and advanced fee fraud among other such vices.” She advised.

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Applauding them for the impressive report on their successful participation in entrepreneurial training in the camp, under the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Program, She enjoined them to avail themselves of post-camp training as such would go a long way in empowering them for self-reliance even after the service year.

“On our part, we are liaising with financial institutions and other stakeholders with a view to providing start-up loans to enable you actualize your business dreams”. She promised.

She, however, called on employers of labour and other stakeholders including state and local governments, to mentor the young graduates properly to enable them develop their potential.

The Acting Director General who had the opportunity of commissioning a modern convince facility built by the present administration of the NYSC directorate applauded the Akwa Ibom State camp for standing out among others visited within the last 21 days.

In her address, the state coordinator of the scheme, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe said she had taken it upon herself to enhance the living condition of Corp members and Camp officials since her assumption of office.

She however appreciated the support of the acting DG in the infrastructure development of the scheme in the state.

“It is also important to note that the state government has been very supportive in our operations, particularly, in the regular and prompt payment of state allowance and provision of N10, 000 transport to Corp members leaving the camp’. She said.

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