By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia.
Twenty National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, who served in Nasarawa State, in the 2017 Batch B Stream 1, have been sanctioned and issued various extensions of service for misconduct during their service year.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Zainab Isah made this known in an interview with newsmen on Thursday, after supervising a low key Passing Out Parade (POP) for the corp members in Lafia local government area.
Isah said that the affected corps members had their service year extended by various periods because they committed different offences and had to be punish according to the bye laws of NYSC.
“We have 20 corp members that have disciplinary cases. Some of them missed one allowance or the other because they were not around. Either they travelled without permission or they travelled with extension but extended their leave without informing NYSC ”
“So those allowances they missed are the ones that will be given to them during their extension of service. Some got two weeks extension, some three weeks while others got longer extensions. It depends on the misconduct and what the NYSC bye laws stipulates as punishment,” She said.
Isah explained that the decision to extend the service year of the erring corps members was the recommendation of the state NYSC Disciplinary Committee, which according to her will serve as a deterrent to others.
“We have a committee on corp discipline called the disciplinary committee, comprising of all assistant directors and all heads of branches in the secretariat. The state coordinator is not a member.
“When this body seat, they look into the cases and invite corp members to defend themselves. At the end, a decision is taken strictly in accordance with NYSC bye laws,” She added.
She added “I am really disappointed that even with the noble effort of government through this scheme, some people are rather misusing the opportunity instead of taking advantage of what NYSC is offering”.
According to her, a total of 1957 Batch B Stream 11 Corp members successfully completed their service year and were issued certificates of national service at a low key passing out ceremonies at various NYSC Zonal offices across the state.
Isah while appreciating the corp members for their patriotism and perseverance during the service year however advised them to be self-reliant and employers of labour rather than wait to seek for white collar jobs.
“They should go ahead with what we taught them in camp. They should just continue with those trainings and I am sure those trainings will see them through and in no distance time, they too will be employers of labour,” she said.
She thanked the state government for its support to the scheme and urged for its sustenance especially in the area of engagement of corps members who might have made significant positive impact in the area of their primary assignments