Five corps members to repeat service year in Bauchi

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By Hafsat Abdulhamid

Five members of the just-completed 2022 Batch B Stream 1 of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are to repeat their mandatory one-year national service in Bauchi State.

Ten other corps members had their service year extended for between three weeks and one month for various misconducts during their service year.

This was disclosed by the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Rifkatu Yakubu, on Thursday, during the collection of Certificates of National Service by the corps members.

According to her, the repetition of the service year by the affected corps members is a sanction meted out on them for various offences, including absconding and absenteeism during their service year.

Yakubu declared that NYSC has zero tolerance for truancy and other sundry offences, adding that the corps would not hesitate to punish any erring corps member.

She, however, urged the passing out corps members to go straight home and reunite with their parents and relatives, adding that they should avoid travelling at night.

She further admonished them to find something to do after their service year, adding that they should put into practice the skills they acquired during their entrepreneurship training during the year.

“Those of you taking part in the post camp skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development training, if you have not completed, you can carry on and complete it and for those of you that have not learned any skills, I want to advise that you start something.

“During your service year, at the end of the month, no matter how small, you know that alert will come in. But now that the service has come to an end, if you don’t involve yourself in doing something, honestly speaking, you will be demoralised in life.

“Don’t cause your parents pain because one of the worst things a parent can witness is to see his or her child being a graduate, sleeping at home every morning and asking for what to eat, transport money to go and visit a friend and money for a recharge card.

“Your parents want to see you up in the morning, going out to do something. No matter how little you will get, it is better than staying at home doing nothing,” Yakubu admonished the outgoing corps members.

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