The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has called on corps members to see the three weeks orientation course as an avenue and opportunity to realise their potential and attain individual feats during and after the service year.
Also, it was noted that the orientation programme afforded the corps members the opportunity to promote national unity and integration.
This was contained in the speech of Christy Uba, the Acting Director General, NYSC at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2022 Batch C Stream II corps members deployed to Osun State on Tuesday in Ede.
The NYSC acting DG represented by Abdulwahab Olayinka, the Osun NYSC Coordinator, Uba called on the corps members to abide by their oath of allegiance and NYSC bye-laws as it is expected to guide their conduct during their service year.
The Acting DG while urging the corps members to maintain a high level of discipline and enthusiasm charged them to distance themselves from cultism, drug abuse and other social vices.
"I implore you to sustain the high level of discipline and enthusiasm you have demonstrated so far.
"You must continue to distance yourselves from cultism, drug abuse and other social vices.
"I also urge you to avoid using social media for spreading fake news, fuelling hatred and other negative purposes, and instead deploy the same for the promotion of national unity and development."
While advising the corps members to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious characters or activities around them to the appropriate authorities, she encouraged them to avail themselves of opportunities for self-employment offered through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme, she reminded that white-collar jobs were not readily available.
Uba also reminded the corps members to adhere strictly to the established safety guidelines.
"Let me also remind you to adhere strictly to the established safety guidelines such as physical distancing, regular washing of hands, as well as your personal hygiene in the orientation camp.
"You are to equally avail yourselves at the Camp Clinic whenever the need arises.
"Let me once again express our profound gratitude to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their continued support towards the safe conduct of the Orientation Course within the context of the ‘new normal.
"Indeed, the sustained provision of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits and other commodities by the NCDC for usage in all Orientation Camps is a clear indication of the Agency’s interest in the success of the Scheme.
"I also thank the State Ministries of Health, as well as Federal and State tertiary health institutions for their support in providing general health services in the camps."
The 1044 corps members deployed to Osun State were sworn in by Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, the Chief Judge of the state who was represented by Justice Christiana Oluwakemi Olokede Obadina.
A breakdown of the 1044 corps members shows 465 were males and 579 were females.
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