Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Tuesday enjoined organisations not to reject but accept corps members posted to them.
Fadah said this at the end of the 2022 Batch `B’ Stream 1 orientation course at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Boro, Kaiama, in Kolokuma/Opkuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The NYSC boss, who was represented by the NYSC Coordinator in Bayelsa, Mr. Mohammed Jiya, urged them to assist the corps members to settle down for effective national service.
The director-general urged the corps members to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work and resilience which they imbibed during the course and strive to meet the expectations of Nigerians.
He urged them to contribute towards the progress and development of their fatherland.
Fadah also urged them to integrate into host communities while appreciating and respecting cultures but avoid involvement in local and partisan politics.
He commended their active participation in Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme’s in-camp training.
The D-G assured that the scheme would continue to liaise with financial institutions and other stakeholders to provide start up loans to enable them to actualise their business dreams.
“I enjoin you to shun actions and omissions detrimental to the image of the scheme such as drug abuse, trafficking, cybercrime and advance fee fraud.
“Corps membership does not confer immunity from legal consequences of any wrong doing.
“I, therefore, enjoin you to continue to be law abiding while also serving as role models for the younger ones,” he said.
Reflecting on Community Development Service, he encouraged them to initiate and execute viable personal and group CDS projects that could help to lift the living standard of the people of their host communities.
The D-G further warned them against use of social media for ethnic purposes, rumour peddling and the promotion of hatred.
“Instead, your activities online should be targeted at self-improvement as well as promotion of the unity, peace and prosperity of our dear country.
“In the same vein, avoid being speculative on issues affecting the NYSC; instead visit our websites, social media platforms and other official channels for clarifications,” he said.
The D-G also warned corps members against unauthorised journeys and night trips as they could not only increase the risk of accident but also make rescue difficult.
“You are, therefore, advised to always cut short your trips from six O’clock in the evening and pass the night at NYSC lodges, military barracks and other locations officially designated as safe.
“Also, board vehicles only at approved motor parks so as to avoid falling prey to criminals,” he advised.