Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
The Katsina State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Alhaji Ahidjo Yahaya, on Thursday, said the management of the scheme in the state did not authorise the trip that led to the death of three corpers in an auto crash on Sunday.
Yahaya said this during the swearing-in and the orientation programme organised for the corps members participating in the 2019 Batch B Stream 2 in Katsina on Thursday.
Ahidjo said, “Sixty per cent of the trips embarked upon by corps members are usually done without permission from relevant authorities of the scheme in the state, even the Funtua journey that recorded three deaths and 14 injured victims on Sunday, August 18, road accident was not authorised.
“I warned them but they did not listen. We have structures on the ground including zonal coordinators, inspectors and liaison officers from whom they could obtain permission each time they want to travel but they will not follow that.’’
The NYSC state coordinator warned that management would not hesitate to punish erring corps members who embark on the unapproved trip.
Such corps members, he said, could have their service year extended or they could be “remobilised.”
Ahidjo said 1,339 members were registered for the orientation comprising 781 males and 558 females for the 2019 Batch B Stream 2 in the state.
He added that the orientation was meant to usher in the new corps members and give them a better understanding of the scheme’s objectives.
According to him, some of the activities slated for the orientation programme include skills acquisition, entrepreneurship development, martial arts training, military drill, citizenship and leadership training.
The state governor, Aminu Masari, who was represented by the Director of Youth Development in the state Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Hussain Dangani, urged the corps members to maintain discipline and participate in all activities of the orientation.
He said, “You should be the best that the country will be proud of and see yourselves as agents of the change agenda. You must shun corruption and other vices and embrace integrity and humility.”
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