Five corps members to repeat service year in Ebonyi

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

Two corps members died in Ebonyi during the service year.

Five members of the 2012 NYSC Batch ‘B’ in Ebonyi are to repeat the service while 10 will serve extensions from one month to four months, an official has said.

Otaru Eshimake, the State Coordinator of the scheme, announced the disciplinary measure in Abakaliki on Thursday during the passing out of the 2,250 corps members deployed to the state.

Mr. Eshimake remarked that the two categories of offenders committed violations which included absconding from duty, unauthorised journeys, fraud, theft and other miscellaneous offences.

“Their punishment is in accordance with the NYSC bye-laws and is meant to serve as a lesson to other corps members,” he said.

According to him, 10 corps members were adjudged worthy of state honours award because of their enormous sacrifices and contributions to the society.

He also said that five corps members would receive certificates of merit while 17 would receive commendation letters.

The coordinator noted that two corps members, Edidiong Udo, and Chinyere Ebiri died during the service year while Nkiru Itodo, who relocated from Gombe, had not been seen since August 1, 2012.

He commended those who served meritoriously and urged them to continue being good citizens of the country to be successful in life.

“You should let the lessons of selflessness, humility, kindness, unity, and tolerance, which are the core values of the NYSC scheme continue being your watchword.

“We want to thank the state governor for his never-failing financial and moral support to the scheme over the years as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the corps in the country,” he said.

Governor Martin Elechi, represented by Sam Mgbada, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, congratulated the corps members for a successful service year and patriotic service to the country.

“I implore you to remain steadfast in your commitment to the nation’s cause by being loyal and resolute in promoting the ideals that bind us together as a nation,” he said.

Esther Ajah-Okpai, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youths and Sports, called on the corps members to always consider Ebonyi as their home and be its good ambassadors.

The best overall corps member award went to Donald Ogolo from Rivers.


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