REPORTER: AMECHI ODO
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned serving corps members not to use social media for ethnic jingoism, rumour peddling and promotion of hatred.
The Coordinator of the Scheme in Ebonyi State, Mrs. Bamai Mercy, made the appeal at the closing ceremony of 2022 Batch C, Stream 1 Orientation Course at Permanent Orientation Camp, Old McGregor College Afikpo.
Mrs. Mercy described the participation of the corps members in the orientation course as impressive and urged them to maintain the objectives of the scheme in their areas of primary assignment.
She urged them to be wary of acts that portray negative image of the scheme, especially vices such as drug abuse, trafficking, cybercrime and advanced free fraud.
‘’Also remember that your membership of the service corps does not confer on you immunity from the legal consequences of any wrongdoing. I therefore enjoin you to continue to be law abiding while also serving as role models for the younger ones,’’ she said.
Mrs. Mercy urged the corps members to use the skills acquired to develop themselves, noting that the Scheme would continue to liaise with financial institutions and other stakeholders with a view to providing start up loans to enable them actualize their business dreams.
Some of the corps members described the scheme as a unifier and promised to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
‘’We came to serve Nigeria as the Anthem says and so if i can start from here that i have been posted, i will be very happy.
“There is an international school for the deaf here, i will like to help.’
‘’NYSC really reunites people, we bond together and pray that the Federal Government sustains the programme,’’ they stated separately.
About 1,050 Batch C Stream 1 Corps members participated in the Orientation Course.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU