Thousands of Corps members completed their service across Nigeria.
A total of 4,528 National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, 2012 Batch `A’ members completed their one-year service in Lagos on Thursday.
The corps members, comprising 3,042 females and 1,486 males, concluded their national assignment with a passing out parade at their orientation camp in Ipaja, Lagos.
Adenike Adeyemi, the Lagos State Coordinator of NYSC, said that seven of the corps members were being honoured for outstanding performance.
“We recognise the outstanding performance of seven members who will receive state honours award, 35 will receive commendation and attestation certificates.
“Similarly, 28 corps members will face disciplinary action ranging from two to four months extension of service to repeat the service year,” she said.
Mrs. Adeyemi said that five corps members lost their lives during the service year.
The state coordinator said that entrepreneurship was vital to strong and sustained economic growth in every economy around the world and urged the corps members to embrace it.
“It is critical to our own economic success therefore many corps members discharged today will start their own businesses and create jobs to empower themselves and develop their potential,’’ she said.
She assured the corps members that NYSC, in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria, the NYSC foundation and Nigeria Directorate of Employment, had provided platforms for soft loans and grants to assist those interested.
She said that the facilities were for members who wished to become founders of small and medium enterprises.
Speaking in an interview, Patience Obiefuna, one of the corps members passing out, noted that the scheme had developed her love for teaching.
Ms. Obiefuna said that the scheme had been interesting and had given her exposure in the last one year.
“I thank the Federal Government for paying our allowances on time and the Lagos State Government for providing adequate security for corps members in the state,” she said.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a message charged the corps members to embrace the Federal Government’s empowerment programme to reduce the level of unemployment in the country.
He commended the corps members for their contributions to the growth of the critical sectors of the Nigerian economy and the electoral process.
The message was presented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Wale Ahmed, who represented Governor Babatunde Fashola, who was supposed to present the president’s message.
In Uyo, the NYSC in Akwa Ibom sanctioned 55 Batch ‘A’ corps members for various offences during the service year.
The state coordinator of the NYSC, Akinkumi Martins, who disclosed this at the passing-out ceremony of the 2012 Batch ‘A’ Corps members in Uyo, said that the decision was in line with NYSC policy of instilling discipline in the Nigerian youth.
“Consequently, six of them will have outright repeat of service, while 49 others will have extension of service for a period ranging from two weeks to four months,” she said.
Mr. Martins, however, commended the corps members for touching the lives of the host communities during the service year, and said 36 corps members excelled in all the aspect of the cardinal programmes of the scheme.
The coordinator thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for his moral and financial support, and donation of a new coaster bus to the scheme.
“We are particularly happy with the government for completing the renovation and rehabilitation of the hostel blocks for corps members and staff quarters in the camp,” he said.
Ita Udoh, the Chairman of the State NYSC Governing Board and Commissioner for Youths and Sports, said that the community development service carried out by the outing corps members had gone a long way in generating goodwill for the mutual benefit of the scheme and the society.
“It gladdens my heart to state that the government and good people of Akwa Ibom State are immensely pleased with your performance,” he said.
A total of 2,325 corps members comprising 1,332 male and 995 female completed their NYSC scheme on Thursday in Akwa-Ibom.
Also in Ekiti, 31 corps members were honoured with different awards of excellence.
The corps members were rewarded for excellent execution of Community Development Service Projects and presented with Certificates of Recognition during the passing-out parade ceremony of Batch ‘A’ 2012 Youth Service in the State.
Nine other corps members went home with the Chairman’s Commendation Certificates, while 11 others got the State Coordinator’s Recognition Certificate for their selfless service to the country and Ekiti State.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Secretary to the State government, Ganiyu Owolabi, said his administration was committed to youth empowerment.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Tunde Baba-Ahmed, thanked the governor for the “active support of the present administration for the NYSC.”