Three corps members will repeat the whole service year.
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Akwa Ibom on Thursday sanctioned 49 members of its 2012 Batch ‘B’ set for violating service rules.
The Coordinator of the NYSC in the state, Akinkumi Martins, made the announcement at the passing out ceremony of the corps members in Uyo.
He said three of the corps members would repeat their service year, while 47 would have their service year extended for between two to four months.
“Corps members who refuse to keep to the rules of the scheme will have their service year extended according to the offences committed.
“Corps members should not think they can gallivant from one place to the other and still go scot-free without being punished,” he said.
Mr. Martins lauded the newly-introduced skills acquisition programme introduced by the NYSC management, describing it as being a right step taken in the right direction. He disclosed that many ex-corps members had acquired the spirit of self-reliance through the development of skills for self-employment.
He said that 10 corps members emerged winners of the state’s award while nine others won the council chairman’s award.
Addressing the corps members, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ita Udoh, urged the corps members not to be in a haste to leave the state.
“I have no doubt that some of you will stay behind to engage in careers or productive businesses in Akwa Ibom.
“I advise you to refrain from nefarious activities that may tarnish your reputation and short-change your destiny,” he said.
Sandra Agbo who emerged the best corps member of the batch said that the scheme afforded her an opportunity to alleviate the condition of some less-privileged people during her community development service.