Suleiman Kazaure, the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has urged corps members to shun unnecessary travels and night parties that may endanger their lives.
Mr. Kazaure gave the warning while addressing NYSC 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 11 at NYSC Orientation Camp in Awgu, Enugu State on Tuesday.
He also advised the corps members to always respect their host communities while contributing their quota to the development of the communities and places of their primary assignments.
“You must be security conscious at all times; again, do not walk or live alone. Go in a group or pairs all the time and be your brother’s keeper,” he said.
He urged the corps members to take the entrepreneur and skill acquisition lessons in the camp seriously, saying it would surely complement what they learned in school.
“My children, I will advise you to seize the opportunity provided by skill acquisition and entrepreneurship in this camp to have something doing instead of waiting to roam the streets looking for white-collar jobs, which are extremely difficult to find,’’ he said.
The director-general called on them to build the bridge of unity and oneness among themselves.
“The purpose of this noble scheme is to foster national unity and integration.
“So, I want you people to always work as a team and find ways to do things and share ideas among each other, which will help to make our country great,’’ he said.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the scheme, Ahmed Ikaka, lauded the newly mobilised corps members for being hardworking, intelligent and teachable.
Mr. Ikaka thanked the director-general for supplying the camp clinic with drugs and health consumables.
He disclosed that three federal health institutions had availed the clinic their professional manpower for 24 hours operation.
He said that water facility in the camp had been vandalised, making the camp to rely on borehole.
He said that the development had resulted to the use of generator with the high cost of maintenance such as the purchase of diesel being a major challenge.
Others are lack of electricity due to vandalism of power cables in the host community; lack of fencing giving hoodlums access into the camp to steal installations after camping sessions and lack of functional vehicles.
The coordinator said that presently, the camp had the capacity to host 3,000 corps members, if all its facilities were intact.
Mr. Ikaka said that the authorities should post more corps members to the camp, if need be.
No fewer than 1,960 corps members, comprising 1,115 females and 845 males are currently undergoing orientation, which started about a week ago.
The orientation opened on July 26 and will close on August 15.