By Adejumoke Alebiosu
The Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps, Mohammed Fadah, has urged employers of labor to accept corps members posted to their organisations.
He noted that they should take seriously the welfare, security of life, and property of corps members, stressing that it would encourage them to be committed.
Fadah made this appeal during the closing ceremony of the Batch B Stream I corps members at the temporary orientation camp, Amada Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.
Our correspondent reports that no fewer than 1,240 corps members, which include 903 males and 337 females have completed their mandatory three-week camp training and have since been deployed to their Places of Primary Assignments.
According to Fadah, employers should provide an enabling environment for the corps members to thrive, reminding the 1,240 corpers of the need to exhibit the best behaviour.
He said, ‘I consider it appropriate to, once again, appeal to corps employers to always accept corps members posted to them, and make the necessary provisions for their welfare.
‘In addition, I urge you to mentor them properly to enable them to develop their potential. I also call on other stakeholders, including State and Local Government authorities as well as traditional rulers, to give the necessary encouragement to the corps members.’
While commenting on the next phase of life for the 1,240 Batch B Stream I corps members, the DG emphasised the need to show patriotism to the country and their immediate environment, harping that defaulters would be meted appropriate punishments.
‘My dear compatriots, as you begin the next phase of the service year, I urge you to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work, and resilience which you imbibed during the Orientation Course. It is my ardent hope that you will strive to meet the expectations of Nigerians by contributing to the progress and development of our fatherland.
‘Your letters of posting to PPAs will be handed to you soon after this ceremony. In this regard, I would like to remind you of your oath of allegiance in which you pledged to accept posting in good faith. I enjoin you to perform your duties with diligence and be guided by the provisions of the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws as well as workplace rules and regulations. In keeping with the objectives of the scheme, you are expected to integrate into your host communities while also appreciating and respecting their cultures.
‘I must, however, emphasise that engagement in their local politics is a no-go-area for you. Furthermore, I enjoin you to undertake personal and group Community Development Service projects that will help to uplift the living standard of the people of your host communities,’ Fadah added.