No fewer than 66,000 corps members across the country have been mobilised by the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, for the 2020 Batch “B” exercise scheduled to begin tomorrow.
This was disclosed by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, “As of last Thursday, a total of 66,000 eligible graduates had been mobilized for the 2020 Batch B service year resuming on Tuesday, November 10. They will participate in the Orientation exercise, which has been planned in three streams for ease of compliance with the COViD-19 protocols”
“NYSC management has put essential measures in place to contain the pandemic and curtail community transmission in camps across the country.
Ibrahim also warned fake graduates seeking to infiltrate the orientation camps on Tuesday for the mandatory service year to stay away in their own best interest.
Ïn his words: “Let me warn unqualified persons who are contemplating appearance in our camps to have a rethink in their own interest as we are poised to apprehend and hand them over in the appropriate agencies for prosecution.
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“This year, we secured the conviction of a fake corps members in Taraba. We are currently prosecuting many others. If you know you’re not a qualified graduate do not show up. If you do, we’ll arrest you and hand you over to relevant agencies for prosecution.”
On the welfare and security of corps members, Ibrahim dismissed claims that some corps members who participated in the recent governorship elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo and Ondo states, suffered pockets of loss and injury.
He noted that the Scheme’s advocacy visits to the police high command, military authorities, the Department of State Services ensured that no harm was done to corps members during the elections
The NYSC DG also stated that the Scheme had expended huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills.
“As part of the outcome of our welfare initiatives, Nurudeen Tahir, the corps member who lost his arm in a road traffic accident in Taraba state, has been discharged after a successful clinical procedure on the usage of the smart prosthetic arms procured for him by the Scheme,” Ibrahim said.