Following the Passing Out Ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps members, yesterday 6th October, 51 corps members under Batch B Stream 1 had an extension of service due to some violations of the NYSC rules.
The affected Corps members served in Nasarawa, Sokoto, Niger and Enugu states and are to repeat the scheme in same states.
The State Coordinator of NYSC in Nasarawa state, Habiba Bappah, made this known to newsmen in Lafia during the passing out event of the corps members. 11 erring corps members each were affected by the disciplinary action in Nasarawa and Sokoto states, while Niger and Enugu states recorded 24 and 5 cases, respectively.
The management of the NYSC explained that the offenses included failure to report for service after documentation, absenteeism and truancy at places of primary assignment.
According to Bappah, 1,936 Batch B stream 1 corps members in the state successfully passed. She said the 11 corps members were among the 13 ordered to extend their service in various degrees for various offenses they committed during their service year. Bappah said that two others got four months extension for absconding for three months without permission.
While the faulters got an extension, 12 Corps Members from Nasarawa state were selected for honours awards in various categories, while 18 others got commendation letters.
According to Bappah, the honours were given because they did very well in various categories and an appeal was made to the government to always identify with these likes and give them automatic employment.
In Sokoto state, five corps members out of 2,112 lost their lives during their service year, according to the state coordinator of the scheme, Thomas Yamma. Yamma said in Sokoto that 7 corps members would repeat their service year and NYSC also extended the service year of 24 corps members in Niger for continuous absence from their places of primary assignment without permission.
The coordinator said that 2,193 corps members passed out in the state. In Enugu state, 3 corps members also lost their lives in the course of the programme; one died in camp and two others died in their home states.
Just like the last set that passed out in Enugu, there was no gathering and passing out parade which usually holds at Okpara Square, the corps members were requested to collect their discharge certificates from the headquarters of the local government area where they served.