The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Akwa Ibom State has ordered nine corps members posted to the state to repeat their service year for absconding during the compulsory one-year service in the state.
It ordered eight other corps members who indulged in several forms of misconduct to undergo various forms of extension between two weeks and four months.
The State Cordinator of NYSC, Chinyere Ekwe disclosed this during the passing-out ceremony of the 2021 batch ‘B’ stream 1 corps members posted to the state.
She said, “I am proud to announce that the Corps members are leaving their various host Communities better than they met them and they have lived harmoniously in these locations without conflicts of any sort.
“It is important to inform you that a total number of 1,522 corps members are due to exit service year today. Of this figure, nine absconders were recorded and they have been booked to repeat the service year.
“Eight others who indulged in acts of misconduct, ranging from absenteeism, unauthorized journeys, and other inappropriate conducts shall serve various degrees of extension ranging from two weeks to four months.”
She commended the state government for their support and the National Governing Board of NYSC for visiting the camp to ensure that all the necessary needs of the corp members were put in place.
Speaking, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State urged the corps members to leverage the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development to develop themselves to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
Emmanuel, who was represented by Emmanuel Akpabio, Director of Youth Development, Ministry of Youths and Sports, said that the state would continue to be committed to the scheme.
“Our resolve to sustain our welfare package to corps members has remained sacrosanct. Apart from ensuring regular and timely payment of monthly stipends, the culture of ensuring the provision of transport fare to corps members at every orientation exercise has been maintained”, Emmanuel said.