The Director-General, of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has charged corps members to avoid calls by some elements for the break-up of the country.
According to NYSC News, he gave the charge in a nationwide broadcast to the 2021 Batch ‘A’ Stream One corps members through the video conferencing platform on the eve of the completion of their Orientation Course.
The Director General urged the 2021 Batch A corps members to imbibe the ideals of the NYSC, and help sensitize fellow Nigerians on the need for continued existence of the country as an indivisible entity.
He added, “NYSC was established to promote unity and integration. So, wherever you are, continue to propagate the ideals of the Scheme, and tell fellow Nigerians that Nigeria is better together because you have learnt and seen this in the Orientation Camp.
Ibrahim also advised the corps members to use the social media for the encouragement of unity and understanding rather than spreading of hatred, fake news and rumour.
He called on the corps members to accept their posting to any location for primary assignment and be diligent in the performance of their duties with a view to adding value to the organizations they will be serving.
Ibrahim also emphasized the need for them to identify the felt needs of their host communities and offer solutions through the Community Development Service.
Harping on the need for security consciousness, he warned them against boarding vehicles at the roadside or unauthorized motor parks, adding that the registration numbers of the vehicles and phone numbers of their drivers must be obtained and forwarded to the NYSC Headquarters with copies also kept by State Coordinators, Camp Commandants and Heads of other Security Agencies on camp.
He advised them to take the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programme of the Scheme seriously, especially by paying attention to its post-camp training component.
The Director General further advised the corps members against conniving with politicians to perpetrate fraud whenever engaged as INEC ad hoc personnel during elections, adding that they should always demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and neutrality.