No more white-collar jobs, NYSC tells corps members


Sixteen members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Anambra are to repeat their service year while three others will serve various terms of disciplinary measures.  The Anambra NYSC Coordinator, Mr Ebenezer Olawale, who made the disclosure on Thursday in Awka, said no formal passing out ceremony was held in the state.  Olawale added that certificates were issued at the various local government NYSC offices.  The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2, 158 corps members successfully concluded their service year and were issued with discharge certificates.  NAN also reports that seven deserving corps members won the Governor’s Award, while four went home with the Chairman’s Award as the youth members passed out on Thursday.  The coordinator congratulated the outgoing corps members but regretted that 19 of them were to face disciplinary measures, with 16 repeating their service, while three would serve extension of between two and four months.  On the upcoming Nov. 18 governorship polls in Anambra, the NYSC coordinator said that the body still had enough manpower to take care of its expected role in the election.  “There are no fewer than 8,000 corps members currently serving in the state,’’ he said.  Olawale noted that his office would work with the NYSC offices in neighboring states to Anambra to take care of any shortfall in the provision of personnel for the election.  He said the discharged corps members who wished to take part in the election were at liberty to stay back but no one was under compulsion to do so.  Meanwhile, the Director-General of the NYSC Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, will visit Anambra to address corps members ahead of the governorship election.  Olawale told NAN that Kazuaure would hold a one-day interface with the corps members on Nov. 7 alongside heads of other security agencies in Anambra at the Alex Ekweme Square in Awka.  According to him, the director-general’s visit was largely to speak to the corps members who would serve in ad-hoc capacity during the election on the need for them to be neutral. (NAN)

The acting Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps, Mrs Christy Uba, on Tuesday charged corps members to avail themselves of the opportunities of self-employment through skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development to enhance their socio-economic growth and welfare.

She said white-collar jobs were no longer readily available.

Uba made the call in a message she sent to the swearing-in of the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream II corps members across the country.

In Ekiti State, she was represented by the state coordinator, Mrs Mary Chikezie.

She said, “I will like to remind you that white-collar jobs are not readily available. Therefore, I encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunities for self-employment offered through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

“You are expected to choose from any of the skill areas, and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the orientation camp. On our part, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme.”

The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice John Adeyeye, represented by Justice Olalekan Olatawura, administered oaths to the over 1,100 corps members deployed to the state at the event.

In Gombe State, the swearing-in took place at the NYSC temporary orientation camp in Amada Akko Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent reports that no fewer than 741 corps members were administered the oath of allegiance by the state’s acting Chief Judge, Justice Halima Mohammed, who was represented by Justice Fatima Musa.

The corps members include 404 males and 337 females.

Benue State

No fewer than 1,200 corps members posted to Benue State also took their oath of allegiance on Tuesday.

The ceremony took place at the orientation camp located in Annune, the headquarters of Tarka Local Government Area of the state

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