The corps members are part of the 2011 Batch C team
Four members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State died before the completion of the service, the state coordinator has said.
The four are part of the two thousand members who commenced the Youth Service last year as part of the 2011 Batch C corps members.
The Cross River NYSC Coordinator, Nkereke Ibangha, disclosed this at the passing out ceremony of the batch in Calabar on Thursday.
Mr. Ibangha said the NYSC was saddened at the loss, but took solace in the belief that the deceased died in service to their fatherland.
He said of 1,997 members who passed out at the ceremony, 20 had distinguished themselves and won the state governor’s award. 24 won the state governing board chairman’s award, while two corps members would have their service year extended for failing to live up to expectation.
Mr. Ibangha urged the out-going corps members to maintain the discipline acquired during their service year because it would stand them in good stead in the future.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Patrick Ugbe, urged the corps members to utilise their creative and productive capacities for the benefit of the country.
Mr. Ugbe, who is also the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, said the spirit of dedication, selflessness and patriotism would spur them to greater heights.