By Ayodele Oni
The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said that the mandate he received when he was appointed as the helmsman of the Scheme is to protect the lives of corps members.
He assured that he would not rest until the NYSC members act in accordance with the expectations of the management and the Federal Government.
The Director General spoke while addressing the 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 11) corps members during an unscheduled visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State.
General Ibrahim hinted that he was not always at peace whenever he has to explain why a corps member loses his or her life.
“I am talking to you not only as the Director General of this Scheme, but as a father, who knows and understands very well the psychological trauma parents go through when they lose a child they have invested a lot in to bring glory to such families.
“Please, I am begging you to desist from making frivolous and unauthorised journeys. When the unexpected happens, I am always very sad to console and explain to parents that we have lost their son or daughter”.
He vowed that any corps member that embarked on unapproved journey will face the full wrath of the law in line with the act establishing the Scheme.
The DG cautioned corps members not to expose the good names of NYSC to ridicule by misinforming the world through unguarded use of social media.
“You do not because of surmountable challenges you are facing at a particular time, destroy the laudable scheme which the Federal Government has invested in to attract graduates of this great country both at home and in diaspora to contribute their meaningful quota to its development.
“As a nation, we know that we are passing through challenges. NYSC wants you participate in the programme so that you can proffer solutions and not to add more burden to its existence by using the social media negatively”.
Brig Gen Ibrahim, who started his educational career in the old Ondo State which comprised of the present Ekiti State during the administration of late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin charged corps members to be ready to serve wherever they are posted.
“The unity of this country lies in your hands and you can only support the federal government by agreeing to give your very best through meaningful service to your fatherland outside your comfort zone.
“If not for this scheme, some of you for instance, undertake all your educational pursuit in Ibadan, want to work in Ibadan and still want to marry in Ibadan but for the pragmatic approach of NYSC, you would have remained a local champion”.
Speaking on mode of dressing, he warned that the NYSC will no longer sit back and watch the corps members dress indecently or inappropriately.
“Our administration has vowed to deal ruthlessly with recalcitrant corps members who put our corporate identity to disrepute by dressing shabbily, casually and inappropriately. All the state coordinators have been empowered to enforce this right way of dressing by investing in large banners to showcase the appropriate and correct ways of wearing NYSC uniform,” he added.