The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), has warned corp members serving in Bayelsa State to resist the temptation of getting involved in criminal activities and other social vices such as cultism, drug abuse, prostitution and stealing.
The advice is coming following the end of the orientation programme for the current members of the scheme posted to the Bayelsa State for the one year mandatory national assignment of fresh graduates.
The Bayelsa State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Ojogo Elizabeth Iyowuna, who gave the advice, said such vices and misconduct could derail the purpose of the scheme and rubbish its image.
Mrs Iyowuna, who was speaking at the end of the orientation course for Stream 1 Corps members at the NYSC camp, Kaiama, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, urged them to avoid keeping late nights and shun the temptation of night travels and parties.
She declared that any corps member found flouting the existing law and order will be prosecuted, as they are not above the law.
According to her, Corps members deployed to Bayelsa State for the one year national service should live an exemplary lifestyle.
“Avoid keeping late nights and shun all forms of social vices like cultism, drug abuse, prostitution and armed robbery. Being a Corps member does not make one to be above the law and cannot be prosecuted if involved in criminal activities”, Mrs Iyowuna said.
She also enjoined the Corps members to be diligent, humble, obedient, respectful and hardworking and equally charged them to initiate, execute and commission viable projects that will positively impact on the host communities.
The Bayelsa NYSC boss noted that both the state government and NYSC have an effective reward system for Corps members who distinguish themselves during the service year.
She implored them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and continue to comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Mrs Iyowuna further commended all camp officials for the teamwork that ensured a successful orientation exercise and gave kudos to the state government and other critical stakeholders for the support towards the security and welfare of Corps members in the state.