The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps,Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, has warned corps members against embarking on night journeys, noting that the scheme has lost many corps members to night journeys.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ahmed gave this warning at a working visit to the Kaduna State NYSC temporary orientation camp on Tuesday, reminding the corps members of the dangers in night journeys.
He added that this fatal action sometime lead to the loss of lives.
“I have harped on avoiding of night journeys in every NYSC camp and fora I find myself, my first priority is the safety of your lives.
“If you take the decision to embark on a night journey, remember the dangers associated with it and rethink, your lives are precious to us too.
“Once you are on a journey and realised itis already 5:pm, break up the journey, have a place to sleep and continue the following day,”Ahmed advised.
The NYSC DG explained that most of the drivers were not familiar with the roads, which usually causes accidents, among other factors like driving when tired.
He admonished the corps members to be security conscious, noting that no one would secure their lives more than they would do so.
Ahmed further cautioned them to restrict social media to their personal consumption, while urging them to respect constituted authorities.
He equally enjoined them to continue with the regimentation they undergone in camp after their service year, stating that it would help them achieve greatness in all their endeavors.
“Uphold the ideals of patriotism, diligence, loyalty, respect for others culture/tradition and self-empowerment while in service and beyond, “he added.
The DG lauded the camp officials and corps members for their orderliness and regimentation spirit, while affirming his administration’s committment to taking the scheme to greater heights.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Hassan Taura, had earlier pointed out that the orientation course was introduced to transform the corps members into highly disciplined and patriotic youths, capable of leading the country to greater heights.
He said more reason they participate in all the activities in camp which include military drills, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development training, language studies, leadership and martial arts trainings as well as lectures on national topical issues.
Taura, then called on the director-general for better operating environment and addressing some challenges confronting the orientation camp like inadequate amenities.
He, however, appreciated him for his positive disposition to the seamles operation of the scheme.
NAN reported that the high point of the event was cultural dance and cash donation to some of the corps members who distinguished themselves in camp activities.
It also said that the corps members, who were of the 2023 batch ‘C’ stream ‘1’, officially began the orientation course on November 7.