Nine corps members out of 1,522 posted to Akwa Ibom in 2021 will repeat their service for absconding after their orientation exercise in the state last year.
Speaking during the passing-out ceremony of batch ‘B’ stream 1 corps members in Uyo on Friday, the State Coordinator, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe said that eight other corps members who indulged in several forms of misconduct will also undergo various forms of extension between two weeks and four months respectively.
“I am proud to report that during the last year, this set of corps members under my watch, was not only committed to their assigned daily duties, but they were active in both group and individual Community Development Service activities. The Trumpet Gathered
She said that Corps members are leaving their various host Communities better than they met them and have lived harmoniously in these locations without conflicts
She disclosed that a total number of 1,522 corps members were qualified to exit service this year.
Ekwe explained that out of 1,522 corps members posted to the state, nine absconders were recorded and have been booked to repeat the service year.
She said eight others who indulged in acts of misconduct, ranging from absenteeism, unauthorized journeys, and other misconducts shall serve various degrees of extension ranging from two weeks to four months.
She commended the state government for their support and the National Governing Board of NYSC for visiting the camp to ensure that all the basic needs of corp members were put in place.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel urged the corps members to leverage the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development to develop themselves and become self-reliant with capacity to employ others.
Emmanuel, who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Akpabio, Director of Youth Development, Ministry of Youths and Sports, said that the state would continue to be committed to the scheme.
“Our resolve to sustain our welfare package to corps members has remained sacrosanct. Apart from ensuring regular and timely payment of monthly stipends, the culture of ensuring the provision of transport fare to corps members at every orientation exercise has been maintained.” Emmanuel said.
In a related development, Governor Udom Emmanuel has provided relief materials to Youth corps members who were attacked by armed robbery in Uyo recently.
Udom, who was represented by Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Sir Monday Ebong Uko said it was necessary to provide succour and all necessary assistance to the Corpers adding that the robbery incident was unfortunate and unacceptable.
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