Twenty three National Youth Service Corps NYSC members from the 2012 Batch “B” in Oyo state have had their service year extended by another year. This is part of sanctions for the corps members who committed various offences during the Batch “B” service year.
Olanipekun Alao, NYSC Oyo State coordinator, who disclosed this at the passing out parade in Ibadan said the 23 erring members were slated for outright repeat of service year for the offences committed.
The state coordinator however said three corps members will be decorated with the state government award, six for governing board’s chairman’s award and twenty six will receive state coordinator’s commendation.
A total of 4,173 corps members comprising of 2,002 male and 2,171 female participated in the July 2012 Batch “B”.
Alao however said that the corps members did so well because of the clement environment provided by the good people of the state. According to him, the warm embrace of our people and the hospitality of our host communities inspired the corps members’ commitment and zeal to serve their father land.
He attested that Oyo state remained one of the most peaceful environment promoting dedicated service by corps members he however urged the state government to accelerate the completion of the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Iseyin so as to alleviate the problems of the present temporary camp.
Alao also appealed for an upward review of the state allowances paid to corp members from its present N4,000 to an amount that could favourable compete in the present precarious market situation.
In his address at the passing out parade, Governor Abiola Ajimobi urged the corps members to utilise the knowledge acquired under the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme to make them live a decent live after national service saying that government could not provide all the jobs for the large number of youths.
Ajimobi, who was represented by Akin Olajide, secretary to State Government, said “try as much as possible to engage your hands and minds using your creative endowments and do not be In a hurry to get rich, for excessive crave for sudden riches and wealth portends nothing but trouble.”