Success Nwogu , Makurdi
The Benue State coordinator , National
Youth Service Corps, Mr Joshua
Shicha, on Thursday said two corps
members of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ had
been “ remobilised ” in Benue State .
Speaking during an interview with our
correspondent in Makurdi, he also
stated that the affected corps members ,
who he declined to name , were
remobilised for absconding . He
explained that the corps members
were not seen in their place of
primary assignment for three months .
According to him , such an act is
against the NYSC rules and regulations.
He also said 950 corps members of the
2018 Batch ‘A’ in the state successfully
completed their service year.
The state coordinator equally said a
corps member of the batch , Etim
Sunday (BN/ 18 A/ 2012 ), won awards
for his rural electrification project ,
adding that another corps member of
the batch , Ruth Andrew
(BN/ 18 A/ 1633 ), got a commendation
letter for her sensitisation and
awareness campaign on drug abuse .
On the passing out parade , Shicha
said , “ A circular came from the
headquarters that it should be
observed low - key . It is not only in
Benue. For some years, we have been
observing it low - key. It is not the
decision of the NYSC in Benue State
but that of the national headquarters .
No reason was given . They told us it
should be observed low - key .
“ Two corps members were remobilised
in the state. Any corps member who
left the place of his primary
assignment for a period of three
months automatically is to repeat the
corps service year . Those people were
not found in the various places of
assignment within a period of three
months. So, we communicated to the
National Directorate at National
Headquarters concerning this case of
abscondment and we were directed
from Abuja that they should be
remobilised .”
He urged ex - corps members to remain
disciplined and good ambassadors of
the scheme.
He also advised them to strive to
become self- reliant and employers of
labour rather than applicants for
white collar jobs , which he noted, were
hard to come by.
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He added, “ The white collar job is not
there; even it is there , it is not easy to
get. So the training they received
through the skill acquisition and
entrepreneurial development
programme
, they should continue with
it.
“ Those who have finished the training
can start their own business and those
who have yet to catch up with it can
retrain themselves so that they can be
self- employed or even become
employers of labour. ”