The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that over 90% of serving corps members die on frequent road traveling accidents, and cautioned corps members on frequent road traveling.
The Director-General of the scheme, Brigadier-General Sule Zakari Kazaure who stated this on Monday at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State while addressing the corps members at the orientation camp, said: “it is very painful to see over the years that corps members often die on frequent road traveling, and we have observed that over 90% of the serving corps members have died either on ghastly motor accident, or otherwise because of their frequent road traveling”.
Brigadier-General Kazaure represented by Chief Frank Okey Ekpunobi, Director, Corps mobilization at NYSC headquarters Abuja, warned corps members on kept secret health challenges, disclosing that in the recent past, corps members prevaricate when they are faced with serious health challenges in the end die of the ailment.
Noting that those calling for the scrapping of the NYSC scheme are not informed of the service scheme, Brigadier-General Kazaure explained that since the establishment of the NYSC in 1973, it has trained over 2.2million persons who at present, had contributed meaningfully to the development of the Nigeria society.
He said: “Those calling for the scrapping of NYSC are not informed of its services, it is a period of sober reflection within one year, corps members will rediscover themselves, and be useful to the Nigeria society” and urged the corps assist host communities during their primary assignments through personal and contributing initiative towards the development of the areas.
On unemployment, the NYSC DG lamented the absence of self-reliance and productivity among corps members and youths, disclosing that the scheme had commenced skills acquisition for corps members who after their service can make themselves useful, rather than chasing white callers’ job.
He called on corps members to eschew lobbing for relocation during their service years, adding: “we will grant relocation to corps members on genuine health challenges, others and not lobbing for frivolities” disclosing that over the years, the scheme had uncovered fictitious letters from corps on serious health challenges that are never genuine.
Brigadier-General Kazaure also warned the corps members to desist from all forms of indiscipline that could exposed them to sanctions, alleging that any corps member found wanting during his/her service year would be sanctioned accordingly, adding: “we are appealing to the state and local governments to do more lodges for the NYSC members and we commend the FG for doing a lot to reduce the security challenges”.
Earlier, the state co-ordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Benjamin Ayodele Omotade commended that state government for providing the scheme suitable environment for its orientation, adding there had not been recorded cases of sickness or death. He however appealed to the Director-General to ensure the scheme lacks adequate facilities.