NYSC cancels passing out parade in Nasarawa due to insecurity

Corp members used to illustrate the story.
Corp members used to illustrate the story.

The corps members were given their discharge certificates.

The 2012 Batch ‘B’ corps members posted to Nasarawa State concluded their service year on Thursday without the usual passing out parade and fun-fare, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The Nasarawa State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Stephen Alabi, said the ceremony was shelved because of the security challenges facing the state.

“This arrangement will definitely deny most corps members the privilege of benefitting from invaluable advice and admonition from dignitaries and the opportunity to meet with their colleagues from different local government areas for the last time before leaving,” Mr. Alabi said.

According to him, certificates are being presented quietly to the outgoing corps members simultaneously across all the zonal headquarters in the state.

Mr. Alabi said a total of 2,871 corps members successfully completed the service year and would be given Certificates of National Service. He said 18 corps members would repeat the service for absconding, while five would have their service year extended for periods ranging from two months to five months for various offences.

The state coordinator also announced that three corps members in the state died during the service year.

He advised the outgoing corps members to imbibe the spirit of entrepreneurship, stressing that the chances of people getting white collar jobs were getting slimmer every day.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development in Nasarawa, Angama Weibey, congratulated the corps members for their meritorious service.

He assured them that the state government would always provide an enabling environment for those, who would want to start their post-service life in the state and pointed out that various opportunities existed in the state.



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