The National Youth Service Corps has directed married Female Corps Members to report for registration at the Orientation Camps in their husbands’ state of domicile, irrespective of the states indicated on their call-up letters.
They must also report to camp with their marriage certificates, evidence of change of name in a national newspaper, and other valid marriage documents that were uploaded online during registration for service.
NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim who stated this in a nationwide virtual address to the 2022 Batch “A” Stream Two Prospective Corps Members said the information is already contained on their call-up letters.
He added that the policy was initiated to enable them to have a seamless service year.
He however warned that anyone caught presenting fake documents either on marital or health grounds in camp would be handed over to the law enforcement agents for prosecution.
The DG advised the Prospective Corps Members to adhere strictly to the Oath of Allegiance that would be administered to them, adding that it would be binding on them during and after the service year.
He warned them to obey all camp rules, stating that anyone engaged in any act of indiscipline or criminality would be decamped.
General Shuaibu Ibrahim advised the PCMs to take cognizance of all the non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 safety protocols in camp.
He urged them to get vaccinated against COVID-19 up to booster stage in order to protect themselves and others from infection.
Speaking further, he counselled the Prospective Corps Members to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme which offers vocational training, comprising in-camp and post-camp training which he says is a gateway to self-reliance.
He added that efforts are in top gear towards having NYSC Trust Fund, “and once it comes through, you will be given start-up capitals to establish your businesses in line with the skills you have learned during the service year.
Let nobody discourage you from acquiring skills because white-collar jobs are not readily available. Ideas and skills are what matter now because many of your predecessors that were serious with the SAED training are now self-reliant and wealth creators, employing other Nigerians”.
The Director-General counselled the PCMs to use the service year to preach against religious intolerance, ethnic jingoism, hatred, and other divisive attitudes, adding that NYSC was established to promote national unity and integration, and would continue to do so.
“Use the social media wisely to promote national unity and integration”, he said.
Ibrahim reiterated that all services in NYSC are free and urged the PCMs not to fall prey to the antics of fraudsters. He counselled against bribery, either for posting or relocation as anyone caught offering bribe would be sanctioned accordingly.
“I want to urge you to take the Orientation Course seriously because it is a gamut of activities that have been designed for the benefit of Corps Members and promotion of national unity, cohesion, and understanding among yourselves which you are expected to promote in your host communities.
Open your minds to all the training that will take place in camp on leadership, skills, Man ‘O’ War activities, military drills, among others.
Let the spirit of the NYSC live in you forever. Be good ambassadors of yourselves, institutions, families, and NYSC, and also ensure that you do not do anything that would tarnish the image of NYSC. Say no to drugs, cybercrime, and other social vices”, the DG warned.
He urged them to be security conscious, avoid acts that can endanger their lives, and use NYSC as a platform to render selfless services to the development of the fatherland.
The DG said that the NYSC Internet Protocol Television on TSTV Channel 365 has commenced test transmission, and the Scheme also got approval for the NYSC FM Radio which would soon commence transmission.
“The station would be managed by Corps Members in uniform while NYSC staff members would provide support services”, the DG said.
While giving the vote of thanks on behalf of other Prospective Corps Members nationwide, the Anambra State Corps Camp Director, Ihoeghinlam Odion Wilfred, AN/22A/1797, lauded the Director-General for his unending fatherly love towards Corps Members.
He commended the reception, welfare, seamless registration process at the Orientation Camps and also reiterated their readiness to join hands with the COVID-19 Vanguards in camps as they adhere strictly to the Director-General’s advise.
“We will not disappoint you, sir, as we promise that the light you have given us would not go dim, rather it would remain brighter.”