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NYSC punishes 18 outgoing corps members in Ebonyi

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ebonyi, says it will punish 18 out of the 2,098 out-going corps members for committing various offences during their service year.

Mrs Ann Ibe, the NYSC State Coordinator disclosed this in Abakaliki during the passing-out ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘A’ corps members deployed to the state, stating that it was in line with its bye-laws of 1993.

Ibe said that the offences bothered mainly on absenteeism without genuine reason or permission.

The state coordinator said that those who were absent for more than three months will repeat the service year while others will serve ‘double’ the period of absence.

“Any one who was absent for a month will repeat for two months and vice versa and this is to serve as deterrent to those currently serving,” she said.

She however said that four out-going corps members will receive the State Honours Award in recognition of their outstanding performances while others will receive the chairman’s and state coordinators’ awards.

“Available records show that the corps members did their best to leave Ebonyi better than they met it with contributions in various spheres of endeavour.

“Your contributions to the growth and development of Ebonyi in your various places of primary assignment and community development attests to this fact.

“Your efforts in the areas of health services, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) road safety campaigns, campaigns against corruption among others, are note worthy,” she said.

The NYSC state coordinator urged the corps members to use the knowledge gained during the service year to engender peace, unity and integration in the country which the scheme was established to foster.

Governor David Umahi congratulated the corps members for the successful completion of their one-year mandatory service and saluted theirs spirit of patriotism.

The governor represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Mr Charlse Akpuenika said that the corpers abilities to integrate into the host communities underscore the relevance of the scheme in promoting national unity as it has over the years, contributed immensely to the country’s development.

“I also wish to congratulate you for contributions to your host communities in the area of community development services and growth of critical sectors of the state,” he said.

The governor urged the corps members to utilise the various skills acquisition and related opportunities received in the state, to create a better future for themselves especially with the present job scarcity in the country.

“I commend the efforts of the NYSC management in mentoring the corps members and pledged that their labour of love will not be forgotten,” he said.

Miss Victoria Makanjuola, the most outstanding corps member, thanked the NYSC for giving her the opportunity to serve in the state and pledged to continue her humanitarian services in future endeavours.

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