Director-General of the National Youth Corps Service, NYSC, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has warned Corps members not to partake in partisan politics as the 2023 general elections draw near.

General Ibrahim stated this through his Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Emeka Mgbemena while debriefing the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Stream Two Corps Members in a nationwide virtual address.

General Ibrahim while admonishing the Corp members to allow lessons learnt during the Orientation Course guide them during and after the service year, also advised them to serve as unbiased electoral umpires whenever they are called upon to serve as electoral officers.

He said, “Let the spirit of NYSC live in you. Steer clear of politics, NYSC is not political; therefore, don’t get yourself involved in politics.

He warned them to be security conscious and avoid anything that would endanger their safety.

“You must be security conscious. Never put yourself in harm’s way. Don’t get yourself involved in any risky behaviour.

“For those of you going on relocation, kindly follow your State Coordinator’s guidelines, directives and instructions,” he said.

General Ibrahim urged the Corps Members to register with their skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development trainers and continue with the Post-Camp training afterwards, adding that most of their predecessors that embraced SAED programme are now business owners in different vocations and creators of wealth.

He warned against using social media to spread fake news, urging them to use it to promote national unity and integration, which the NYSC was established for.

Speaking further, the Director-General advised the Corps Members to obey rules and regulations in their places of primary assignment enjoined them to be honest and diligent.

He warned against night journeys, stating that any journey that extends beyond 6pm should be broken enjoining them to pass the night in NYSC formations, military barracks, Corps Lodges and other safe locations.

“Don’t embark on any unauthorized journey. Don’t board vehicles by the roadsides; and don’t accept free ride from anyone, be wise and be smart”, Ibrahim said.

The Director-General thanked the Federal Government, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, and the NCDC for their support in ensuring a successful resumption of Orientation camping, after the COVID-19 occasion lockdown.

General Ibrahim, who said the NYSC Radio and Television would be commissioned on April 14 added that the mediums would be used to promote programmes and activities of the Scheme.

Cynthia Akere

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