Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Major General Suleiman Kazaure on Sunday called on the 2019 batch ‘A’ corps members currently undergoing their orientation course to avoid indulging in any act of criminality.
The first sitting DG of NYSC to attain the rank of Major General in Nigerian Army, Kazaure handed down the warning when he paid an unscheduled visit to the permanent orientation camp of the scheme in Kaduna where 2,074 corps members are currently undergoing a 21-day orientation course.
According to him, as young graduates, corps members have the potential to become great people if they eschew vices capable of tarnishing their image and that of the scheme.
He urged corps members to embrace the skill acquisition and entrepreneural development (SAED) programme the scheme introduced three years ago, which was developed to make Nigerian graduates self-reliant after their one-year mandatory service to the country.
“Today, I welcome you all to the NYSC family where we train young graduates who will become great leaders tomorrow. Your future is very bright if you do not involve yourselves in any crime. No corps member should engage in 419, internet fraud and drug,” he said.
“White collar jobs are difficult to get. Over 300,000 corps members pass through the scheme every year out which only a few get employed. This is where innovation and creativity come in.
“This was why the scheme has SAED programme on ground for corps members to engage with, instead of roaming the street after the service.
“You must respect the culture and traditions of your host communities. Avoid night crawling, dress responsibly and comport yourselves very well as ambassadors of Nigeria,” the Corps DG added.