…says NYSC would surrender any corps member found culpable of any electoral offense
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned corps members to be involved in the forthcoming general elections against all forms of electoral malpractices.
The Acting Director General, Mrs. Christy Uba gave the advice at the weekend during her visit to corps members during their cultural carnival at the Permanent Orientation Camp in Umuawulu/Mbaukwu Local Government Area, Awka South of Anambra State.
She warned that NYSC would not shield any corps member found culpable of any electoral offences, but would surrender such persons to the state.
She reminded them that the exercise was purely voluntary, charging them to remain neutral and apolitical, as well as good ambassadors of their institutions, family and the Scheme.
She said, “For those of you who wants to participate in the forthcoming election, know it’s an ad-hoc assignment and you must be neutral and apolitical. Don’t participate in any wrong manner. Remember you’re not politicians.
“If you run foul of any electoral laws, you’re going to prison and NYSC won’t cover you up. Once they come for you, we surrender you to the state to handle. Participation in election is voluntary. We don’t want to lose any of you. Your parents love you and we love you too.”
Underscoring the place of discipline and obedience to rules and regulations guiding the scheme, Uba who was conferred with the title of Nnedioranma 1 of Anambra State by corps members, assured them that their welfare would continue to be on the front burner in the NYSC programmes.
She added, “Have an open mind to prepare yourself for the challenges of the service year. Be Disciplined and imbibe leadership skills. Abide by the camp rules. You can’t acquire skills without being disciplined.
“You must be security conscience in view of the prevailing security challenges across the country. Security is now everybody’s business. Be of good conduct and don’t cut corners because it doesn’t pay. Shun cultism, cyber crime, drug addictions will destroy you.
“We don’t play with your welfare. All camp services are free, including relocation forms. You don’t pay for posting, but I urge you to accept your PPA in good fate. Make provision for post camp training for self employment after service.
“Avoid unnecessary journeys. If you must travel, get permission. Avoid night travel and free rides, especially the ladies. Make new friends and build bridges. Stay back and learn some of their skills.
“Always communicate properly follow available communication channels, not through social media while seek redress. Find time to read all our bylaws so you don’t run into trouble.”
Ahead of the scheme’s 50th anniversary slated for next year, the NYSC boss said it would be an opportunity for the organization to showcase our numerous contributions to national development.
“I’m excited because NYSC has endured despite all challenges. A lot have been achieved and we’re going to sieze the celebration opportunity to showcase its numerous contributions to national development,” she stressed.
Earlier, State Coordinator, Mrs Blessing Iruma appreciated the Acting DG for the visit despite her tight schedules, describing it as home coming.
“Today is a special day set aside for celebrating the diverse Nigeria’s culture, saying the various nation’s cultures were represented in the camp.
“What unites us as a people is much more than what divides us. That’s why we’re identifying the similarities despite the differences in our cultures,” she said.