As about one thousand, four hundred (1400) Batch ‘C’ 2015 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, deployed to Taraba State for their compulsory one year national service had finished their service and had passed out with their certificates issued to them, two hundred of them had had their service extended to two weeks.
The Taraba State Coordinator, NYSC, Mr. Freeman Tumba Kwaya, who stated this during an interview with the UNION yesterday, noted that the extension of service of the affected Corps members was to enable them serve various degrees of penalty with hard labour, which according to him, was attributed to their insubordination, absenteeism and truancy at their places of primary assignment.
Mr. Kwaya further disclosed that NYSC is taking proactive measures to make sure that Corps members don’t travel during the service. “The mandate is all over the federation, they are not an exception and they must do it very well. As the obedient ones enter the road to their respective destinations, the other ones who had always been on the road, will be taught how to remain here in Jalingo”.
“We were instructed by the DG to carry out head count for all Corps members serving in the state and in the process of the exercise, we discovered that 200 of our Corps members were missing from their respective places of assignment”, he said.
Kwaya, however, enjoins Corps members to be careful, saying the action taken against the erring ones is to serve as deterrent to prospective Corps members coming behind.
NYSC boss also revealed that Corps members who collected loans from the management of NYSC but could not refund before passing out will have their certificates retained while reference letters be given that will serve as certificates. “When they must have liquidated the loan that they collected, they bring the reference letters before their certificates will be processed.
He charged the Corps members who had just passed out to make use of the skills they have acquired during their service year, stressing that as great leaders of tomorrow, they have a critical role to play in making Nigeria a great nation.
– Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo.