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11 corps members sanctioned for truancy

10 October 2013, 19:29

Enugu - 11 of the 2,879 corps members who served in Enugu State have bagged an extension of their service year for staying away from service for three months or more.

Ten of them are to start the service year afresh while one had his service extended by six months.

The  Coordinator of the NYSC in the state, Hilary Nasamu, said during the passing out ceremony of the 2012 Batch `C` corps members in Enugu on Thursday that the action was to punish wrong doing.

"There is no wrong doing without repercussion. In NYSC, there is no escape. If you do not put in the required hours, days and months of service, you will be punished.

"Those corps members absconded from service for periods ranging from three months and above, and for that they have to repeat the service all over.

"Others who are still serving should learn from this and know that there is no running away from duty when it is constitutionally mandated,’’ Nasamu said.

He advised the outgoing corps members to create employment for themselves rather than waiting to be employed.

Earlier, Gov. Sullivan Chime commended the corps members for their contributions to primary healthcare, enlightenment campaigns, environmental beautification and infrastructural development.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chris Okoro, charged the corps members to equip themselves to survive in a competitive world.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 10 outgoing corps members also received the state governors’ honours award with cash benefit of N100,000 each while another 10 got N60,000 each for bagging the NYSC governing council honours.

One of the recipients, James Nwankwo, expressed happiness with the award, noting that it was hard work that gave it to him.

Nwankwo, who was the best corps member in the state, promised to continue with charity work even after the service year.

"I feel very good. I am happy because I was able to serve my country and I emerged as the best. I achieved this through charity, through donation of wheelchairs to patients,’’ he said.

Another recipient of the award, Adedeji Ademola, thanked the state government for the gesture, saying that it had motivated him to continue to give his best to humanity.

Ademola promised to use his service experience to create jobs for people and surmount unemployment challenges in the country.


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