From Abel Leonard, Lafia
Brig-Gen Mohammed Fadah, Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has advised corps members to sustain the spirit of patriotism they exhibited during the three weeks orientation course in the next phase of the service year.
Fadah gave the advise at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch B Stream ‘II’ orientation course held on Tuesday at the Magaji Dan-Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Keffi, Nasarawa.
Mohammed, represented by Mr Abdullahi Jikamshi, coordinator of the scheme in the state, commended the 976 corps members comprising 745 males and 231 females for making themselves available for national service and successfully completing the three-week orientation course.
He also commended their patriotic zeal as demonstrated by their participation in camp activities and exhibition of high level of discipline and urged them to sustain the spirit of patriotism, hard work and resilience which they imbibed during the orientation course.
“It is my ardent hope that you will strive to meet the expectations of Nigerians by contributing towards the progress and development of our fatherland,” he said.
Fadah then urged them to contribute to the transformation of their host communities they would be posted for their Places of Primary Assignment (PPA) by carrying out Community Development Service (CDS) projects that would have immediate direct bearing on the lives of the people in the communities.
He said these projects, whether personal or group CDS projects, would go a long way in endearing them to their host communities, leave a lasting positive impression of the impact of the NYSC and help uplift the living standards of the people in the communities.
The NYSC DG warned the corps members to avoid engaging in local politics of their host communities and reaffirmed the management’s commitment to their security and also assured of taking care of their welfare, while addressing their other needs for a fulfilling service year.
He also advised them to avoid other risky engagements that could expose them to security threats, wherever they were posted to.
“Risky engagements, such as keeping late nights, attendance of late-night parties, visitation to dangerous places and acceptance of free car rides from unknown motorists should be avoided.
“At all times, you should be good ambassadors of the NYSC, your families and your institutions of graduation.
“Therefore, you must be wary of acts that can soil your image, especially vices such as drug abuse and trafficking, cyber crime and advance fee fraud,” he said.