Twenty-four out of the 4,034 Batch A, 2015 Corps members who served in Oyo,Sokoto States would repeat their service year due to evasion of service continuously for three months.
NYSC Director of Information in Oyo State, Stephen Bankole, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, that 18 corp members in the state will be repeating their service year.
According to him, extension occurs when a member does not attend his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) regularly or has not been signing monthly payment voucher as at when due, adding that it is only NYSC headquarters that ratifies cases of abscondment.
Urging corps members who are still in service to live exemplary life and be good citizens to avoid falling victim of extension of service or abscondment after their service year, Mr. Bankole also advised the outgoing corps members to make good use of the entrepreneurial skills they acquired during service to enable them become self employed.
He added that of about 1,753 males and 2,281 females corp members that served in the state, six received award of exemplary service while 11 received award for execution of projects in their host communities.
Similarly, in Sokoto, about six Corps members are to repeat the service year for various offences. The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Thomas Yamma, disclosed this on Thursday in Sokoto at the passing out ceremony of the NYSC batch “A” corps members deployed to the state.
According to him, the action was taken to serve as deterrent to serving corps members:
“This is a punitive measure taken against the erring corps members for violating the rules and regulations of the corps. Three other corps members were bestowed with the state’s prestigious merit award, four others got the chairman’s awards, while several others got commendation letters.”
The coordinator concluded by commending the state government, Sokoto Sultanate Council, and people of the state in general for their sustained moral and financial support to the corps.