THE acting Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Christy Uba, has lamented the poor recognition of corps members despite their huge contribution to community development through projects and innovations that have shaped the country’s economy.
Uba made the submission on Friday during her visit to the 2022 Batch ‘C’ stream 2 Corps members deployed to Lagos State for the service year at the orientation camp, Iyana-Ipaja.
The NYSC boss stated that during the pandemic, corps members were at the forefront in developing innovative projects in communities and deployed both human and material resources at their disposal to assist government fight the Coronavirus, while also contributing financially for the development of citizens.
“Corps members should be recognised for their positive contributions in policy making and other development in the country such as creation of employment, unity and integration despite the insecurity threats across the country,” Uba said.
She charged politicians to ensure the security of corps members and not jeopardise their safety at the forthcoming elections. She frowned at politicians engaging youths in anti-election activities.
The NYSC Ag DG also charged corp members that will participate in the 2023 electioneering exercise to be neutral, apolitical and not compromise regardless of any offers or having desired candidate for the leadership positions of the country.
She charged them to be security conscious and not leave it solely to security operatives, especially with the rise of insecurity in the country.
“Avoid embarking on irrelevant journeys, specifically at nights and avoid free rides from undesignated parks. If they must travel, seek permission from the appropriate authority,” she told the corp members.
Speaking further, Uba urged corp members to be of good conduct and character. She advised them to shun cultism, drug addiction and cyber-crime.
On her part, the Lagos State Coordinator, Yetunde Baderinwa, informed the Ag DG that a total of 2540 corps members were registered and sworn in for the orientation course for the service year in the state. She added that others are in neighbouring state due to unavailability of space.
Baderinwa said the synergy between the NYSC and other agencies have been successful. She commended the Lagos State government for ensuring the scheme is progressive with adequate provisions to improve the well-being corp members in camp.
She said there are some challenges that still need urgent action in the camp, such as ambulance service and speedy completion of the permanent orientation camp in Ikorodu to accommodate more corp members.