The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. J. B. Olawunmi, has advised prospective corps members to beware of fake orientation camps, saying, “Before the commencement of every orientation course, NYSC publishes in both the print and electronic media names and locations of authentic orientation camps nationwide, and any orientation camp not found in such list is fake.”
Brig. Olawunmi, who made this call penultimate Thursday (February 27, 2014) at the 2014 Pre-mobilisation briefing organised for final year students of the University of Ilorin, also warned against offering gratifications to people claiming to be NYSC officials with the aim of helping prospective corps members to influence their postings during their preparation for the National Service.
The Director General, who was represented by a Director at the NYSC Secretariat, Mr. J. Olugbodi, assured the prospective corps members that they would be posted only to core areas of the economy, which include Agriculture, Education, Rural Health and Infrastructure.
Brig. Gen. Olawunmi said that “the pre-mobilisation briefing of prospective corps members is conceived primarily to give final year students of higher institutions, who are already looking forward to participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, the opportunity of interfacing with the operators of the scheme”.
The NYSC Director General pointed out that only Nigerians who have the relevant qualifications (HND/B.A/B.sc) obtained after the requisite full time training from accredited institutions of higher learning and who are not above 30 years of age are eligible for mobilisation for the scheme.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, urged the prospective corps members to use their allowances judiciously, stressing that they should do away with acts capable of jeopardising their career.
Prof. Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Y. M. Fakunle, challenged the prospective corps members to continue to uphold the values of the University, noting that graduates of the University have always performed extremely well at their places of primary assignments during their service years.
In his remarks, the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. O. A. Omotesho, urged the prospective corps members to take the advice of NYSC seriously, be good ambassadors of the University and always be mindful of where they go.
He said, “If you have to travel, it should not be always and make sure you move in company of others. Do not move alone”.
Also present at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation, Prof. F. A. Oladele; the Bursar, Mr. S. A. Yusuf; the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi; the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Mrs. R. A. Okojie, who represented the Registrar; and the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf, as well as final year students from various Departments.
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