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NYSC introduces Martial Arts training for Corp members on camp

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has introduced Martial Arts training into the course content so as to equip Corps Members on basic self defense skills on Orientation camp, while it will be wise for them to take this training seriously in order to enhance personal security.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this while addressing the 2020 Batch ‘B’ Stream One (A) Corp members that commence their Orientation course today November 10, 2020, he said notwithstanding, the Scheme is always in constant touch with the various security agencies to ensure Corp members security is not compromised.

General Ibrahim congratulated Corp members for passing their various qualifying examinations which gave them the ticket to be called up by the Nation for service. “The success, no doubt, was borne out of hard work, perseverance, discipline and focus. It is my earnest expectation that you will bring these sterling qualities to bear in the course of the twelve- month mandatory service to the fatherland.

“The NYSC has four cardinal programmes which every Corps Member must successfully pass through to qualify for discharge at the end of twelve months. They are: Orientation Course, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service also known as Secondary Assignment and Winding Up/Passing-Out Ceremony”, he said.

He added that as the name implies, Orientation programme is designed to equip Corps Members adequately for the task of nation building, as well as the challenges that lie within and ahead of the Service Year. “Primarily, the course content involves skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme, training in physical fitness; series of lectures, social activities, games and sports.

“All geared towards imbuing you with the spirit of discipline and patriotism, and getting you prepared for the leadership roles that you will assume in future in the polity. In the three weeks that you will be encamped, there will be observance of strict regimentation in all your activities. Therefore, you will not have absolute freedom as that will be curtailed. You are expected to conform to the rules and regulations guiding the Orientation camp.

He further said Corp members must ensure social/physical distancing, appropriate use of the facemask, washing of hands in a running water for at least 20 seconds and the use of alcohol based hand sanitiser. “Gratifyingly, adequate taps have been provided in the 37 camps of the Scheme in order to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols”.

General Ibrahim charged them to participate actively in all the camp activities, while equally encouraging them to join the different camp committees such as Social, Sports, Cultural, Security, Sanitation Committees among others, so as to be fully involved and abreast with camp administration.

“At the end of the Service Year, deserving Corps Members will be bestowed with some awards in the form of Chairman’s Award, State Honours Award and the highest – NYSC President’s Honours Award. Details of these recognitions shall be unveiled to you by the State Coordinator”, he said.

According to him, “It is quite worrisome to note that a lot of ex- Corps Members who got discharged from service as far back as ten years are yet to be gainfully employed. This sorry state of affairs has brought about despondency and dejection on the part of some serving Corps Members. It equally fans the embers of criminality and depravity such as robbery, advance fee fraud, prostitution, drug peddling and abuse to mention but a few.

“In an attempt to stem this tide, the Scheme introduced Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme into the Orientation Course content. Prior to this intervention, the Scheme had been in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, now SDGs”.

He implored Corp members to utilise maximally the sojourn in the ship of nation building which is a lifetime opportunity. “Some of your predecessors who heeded this counsel are today business owners, doing very well in their various businesses and contributing positively to the growth of Nigerian economy.

“At the end of the three-week programme, you will be posted to all the nooks and crannies of the state to commence the second, third and final phases of the service. Posting to areas of primary assignment will be to four key sectors; Education, Health, Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure.

“For those of you seeking relocation on the basis of marriage, or serious health challenge, I want to assure you that each case will be treated based on its merit. My dear youths, the Nation that has called you up for service expects so much from you and you must never disappoint the people of Nigeria”, he said.

He admonished them to love and coexist harmoniously with members of their host community. “As much as possible, try and make positive impact in the community by leaving it better than you met it. Get integrated into the community, learning the language and culture of the people, knowing their norms and avoiding their taboos.

“Please, never get involved in their local politics or show partisanship in national politics. Involvement in partisan politics is only permissible when you are done with service. I hasten to add that you should avoid embarking on frivolous journeys whether within or outside the state.

“Many have gone through such gratuitous journeys thereby putting their families in grief. If there is need for you to travel outside the state, permission must be obtained from the State Coordinator, using the right channel. This also will be explained to you in detail by the State Coordinator. Remember, the Nation and your family need you alive to complete the service” he added.


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