NYSC advises corps members to avoid political activities in host communities –

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday advised Corps members in Borno to stay away from all forms of political activity in their host communities.
NYSC State Coordinator Alhaji Nura Umar said this during the closing ceremony for the 2021 Lot C three-week orientation exercise in Katsina.
Nigeria’s news agency reports that members of the state body were camping in Katsina state due to insecurity concerns in Borno.
According to Umar, this goes against the provision of the service corps.
He said that the members of the body are not partisan and, therefore, should not be involved in any political activity.
He stressed that the policy “is a no-go area for members of the body,” adding that the violation of such conditions had consequences as the program provided for sanctions for those members of the body.
“I urge you to perform your duties diligently and to be guided by the provisions of NYSC Law as well as the rules and regulations of the workplace.
“In accordance with the objectives of the program, you are required to integrate into your host communities while appreciating and respecting their cultures.
“I have received impressive reports of your participation in the entrepreneurial and vocational training conducted in the camp as part of the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development program.
“I encourage you to build on the skills you have learned by taking advantage of post-camp training opportunities.
“It will go a long way in empowering you to become independent.
“On our side, we liaise with financial institutions and other stakeholders to provide start-up loans to enable you to realize your business dreams.
“I want to assure you that management will continue to explore avenues to optimize the impact of the program,” he said.
Umar advised corps members to be aware of safety at all times and to avoid acts that could endanger them, such as staying out late at night.
Others are attending nightlife parties, visiting dangerous places, and accepting car journeys by strangers.
“At this point, I would like to reiterate our warning against unauthorized travel and night travel.
“Traveling at night will not only increase the risk of accidents, but will also make rescue difficult,” he advised.

Sally J. Minick

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