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Unauthorized Journey Attracts Sanctions, DG Warns Corps Members

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The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Muhammad Kaku Fadah has warned Corps Members not to embark on any unauthorized journey during their service year.

He said they must get approval from the NYSC if it becomes necessary to travel.

Fadah stated this on Tuesday while addressing Corps Members at NYSC Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto State Orientation Camps.

He stated further that if they are traveling a long distance, they should break their journey when it is 6:00pm and pass the night in safe places like military barracks, NYSC Secretariats, Corps Lodges among others.

The Director General advised them not to endanger their safety through night travelling and also by associating with people of questionable characters.  

“We love you and we want you to stay safe. Don’t travel without permission and if it is compulsory that you travel, try and get permission from NYSC because if you travel without permission, NYSC will penalize you.

“You have to be security conscious and beware of the people you associate with.”

The Director General also warned the Corps Members to avoid cultism, drug peddling, drug abuse and other social vices that could lead to lifelong regrets.

He advised them to abide by the rules and regulations in camp adding that any erring Corps Member would be sanctioned as stipulated in the NYSC Bye laws. 

He advised that anytime they are called upon to serve as electoral officers in their respective States the should abide by the electoral laws.

“Try and obey every constituted authority wherever you are posted to.

During elections, you must abide by the electoral laws and anyone that violate the electoral laws wound be sanctioned”, he added.

In his address The NYSC Zamfara State Coordinator, Namalam Muhammad Taura said the camp was going on smoothly with a total of 183 female and 144 male Corps Members that have been registered as at the time of General Fadah’s visit.

Also, the NYSC Kebbi State Coordinator, Mr Mustapha Muhammed informed General Fadah that all the 722 Corps Members comprising 552 males and 190 females have being in high spirits since the Camp started.

Similarly, the NYSC Sokoto State Coordinator, Mohammed Nakamba  stated that a total of 419 Corps Members comprising 287 males  and 132 females were registered in camp and have been participating actively in all camp assignments.

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Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day

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…reflects on the state of the nation

…calls for youth friendly policies

The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.

In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.

“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.

The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections

“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.

The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.

“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.

On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.

“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.

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