The NYSC scheme’s director-general has asked corps members to avoid traveling after six o’clock in the evening and has advised them to seek shelter at military barracks, Corps Lodges, NYSC State Secretariats, and palaces.
In a virtual presentation to Corps members marking the end of the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Orientation Course, NYSC Director-General Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this.
He said the Scheme had collaborated with the Federal Road Safety Corps, both at its national headquarters in Abuja and at the state level, including the transport unions, on the need to provide roadworthy cars and other modalities that would ensure Corps Members’ safety while traveling.
In order to protect their safety, the DG also advised them not to board automobiles on the side of the road, but rather to travel to approved motor parks.
He cautioned the Corps members to be security vigilant and refrain from engaging in behaviors that could put their lives in jeopardy.
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All of you must be conscious of your security and you must not put yourselves in harm’s way. You must not travel at night and for those of you going on relocation you must adhere to this instruction.
Go to the designated motor parks and under no condition must you board vehicles by the roadside.
Your parents have invested so much in you and they want return on their investment. The Federal Government cares for you, NYSC loves you and we don’t want anything untoward to happen to you”, he said.
As they are dispatched to their primary assignments, the Director-General also advised them to educate Nigerians about COVID-19’s non-pharmaceutical safety standards.
He recommended that they get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying that the vaccine is safe.
For you to be protected, please get yourselves vaccinated and in all the communities you will be deployed, sensitise the members that there is nothing harmful when one is vaccinated.
Protect yourselves so that you can protect others. Don’t let down your guards. You must adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19″, he said.”
He emphasized the importance of wearing a face mask, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining social distance.
Ibrahim also encouraged them to continue with the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development program’s post-camp training that they began in camp.
The director-general who observed that salaried employment is uncommon, urged Corps members to use the NYSC platform to achieve success in life.
Thousands of ex-Corps Members who took advantage of the SAED opportunity a few years ago are now self-sufficient, labor employers, and providing their fair share to national growth, he said.
The Director-General cautioned Corps members against using social media for negative purposes, instead advising them to use it to promote national unity and integration while being cautious about the information they broadcast online.
Be careful on what you post on the social media. Be of good conduct and don’t cut corners. You are the leaders of this country. Avoid cybercrimes, shun drugs, work hard, pursue your dreams with passion and commitment and the sky will be your limit”, Ibrahim said.
The NYSC Chief Executive urged Corps Members to use the NYSC’s Community Development Service to provide selfless service and start worthy projects that would improve the living standards of their host communities.
He advised them to establish friends with residents of their host communities and form strong bonds that would last long after their service year had ended.
He also urged Corps members to use the Scheme’s established channels of communication since he promised them rapid feedback.