Kaduna - The Kaduna State Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) , Mrs Victoria Ango on Thursday said 14 corps members are to repeat their service in the state.
Ango disclosed this during the Passing-Out ceremony for the 2011 Batch C corps members in the state.
She said the services of the affected members were extended due to the various acts of indiscipline.
According to her, 17 out of the 2,297 graduating corps members have been recognised and will be given the State Honours Award.
She, however, expressed sadness at the loss of two corps members, who died in the course of the service year.
The coordinator commended the corps members for their patriotism and dedication during the year, urging them to be good ambassadors of the NYSC scheme.
She appealed to the state government not to renege on its promises of building additional hostel and provision of utility van to enable them resolve the accommodation and transportation challenges.
Also, the Chairman of the Governing Council and Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Nazifi Mohammed said the 17 outstanding corps members conferred with awards at the state level ,would compete with others at the national level.
`` Your loyalty, commitment, dedication and hard work are worthy of commendation and emulation,’’ he said.
In his address, Gov. Patrick Yakowa urged the corps members to participate in government’s initiatives to enable them have a source of income.
Represented by the Head of Service, Mr Nathaniel Hyab, the governor said programmes under the auspices of NDE, NAPEP and SMEDAN were designed towards combating the problem of unemployment.
In Bauchi, the State Coordinator, Mr Nuhu Kwaghe urged the 300 outgoing corps members to be job creators by implementing the skills acquired during the service year.
Kwaghe said on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that this would justify their one year service.
He urged them to be good ambassadors of the NYSC wherever they may be.
According to him, nine corps members have been sanctioned for various offences during the service year.
``Three absconded; six were on extension based on various offences ranging from two weeks to two months while others were re-deployed back to other states.
``Others were out of the state without permission and some left their places of primary assignment.''
Mr Teryima Igyuse, the Gombe State Coordinator called on the outgoing corps members to always pray for peace and national development.
Igyuse made the call during the passing out ceremony in Gombe on Thursday.
The coordinator, represented by the Head of Community Development Service, Mr Ayeniko Olajide, said without peace in the country most of the corps members would not enjoy their certificate.
According to him, it is when there is peace that they will get jobs at the end of their service year.
The Enugu State Coordinator, Mr Hillary Nasamu called on the corps members to display patriotism and diligence in their future endeavours.
Nasamu said in Enugu that the corps members have a responsibility of service to the nation which should be continued wherever they found themselves.
``As you graduate from the NYSC, you are merely entering into another level of service where you are expecting to take up higher challenges in nation building.
``The scheme expects that you will take the lessons of the service to the next assignments.
``Let the sense of patriotism and diligence guide you in discharging your responsibilities in any position you find yourself in future.
``You must always remember that the Nigeria you will inherit is being shaped by your actions and in-actions,’’ he said.
The coordinator said that out of the 2,233 corps members that passed out from the scheme, 1,206 of them were men while 1,027 were female.
He said that nine corps members would repeat their service due to absenteeism while 21 others had their service period extended for a few months.
Nasamu said that 10 corps members had bagged the State Honours Award with a cash price of N100, 000 to the first overall winner and N80, 000 each for the rest.
He added that 11 members that were selected for the NYSC State Governing Board Chairman’s Merit Award also received cash price of N60, 000 each.