By Ariwodola Idowu
As part of measures to avoid unnecessary tragic incidence, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has restated the ban on unauthorised journeys by corps members.
NYSC warned that its standing rule was being repeatedly ignored in a manner that suggested that it had abdicated its roles of ensuring the well-being as well as the welfare of the corps members.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Zakari Kazaure, said on Tuesday that to travelling out of camp or places of primary assignment without obtaining permission remained an offence.
Kazaure spoke at the Ekiti State Permanent Orientation Camp, situated in Ise/Emure, in Ise/Orun local government area of Ekiti.
He was on a visit to educate corps members on dangers in playing with their health and security.
“You all have to avoid night journeys and other unnecessary journeys for that matter
” Remember that before you embark on any journey, the need arises that you first inform your immediate supervisors and obtain necessary permits
“A graduate is expected by the society to be above board. I, therefore, want you to please join hands with me to ensure that the tragic incident in Taraba is the very last of such.”
Kazaure, who arrived in the Ekiti state camp at about 4.45p.m expressed regrets over the tragic death of nine corps members in Taraba State during the weekend, describing it as a huge loss to him personally, and the nation in general.
NAN reports that the director-general who himself claimed to have undergone the NYSC mandatory programme, over 30 years ago, said the sad incident was highly regretted and called for a minute silence to honour those who lost their lives.
According to him, there is also the need for corps members to respect the culture and tradition of their host communities.
Kazaure said that any corps members were free to call his personal number on 07042542779, in cases that require immediate attention which supervisors could not handle.
He warned them, particularly the females, to avoid dressing irresponsibly and also do away sharp practices, including Internet fraud.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the new State Director, Mrs. Aniefiok Okpongete, told the director-general that a total of 1,809 Corps members were registered, comprising 1,109 males and 700 females.
However, she said that a total of 187, among them, 149 females and 38 males had been advised to leave camp on account of being either pregnant, nursing mothers or facing critical health challenges. (NAN)