The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has cautioned corps members to be security conscious wherever they are posted to serve in Nigeria.
The Director General, who addressed the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Corps Members today, June 23, at the NYSC Orientation Camps in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe States, said: “you are your own number one security officer. Therefore, you must be conscious of your environment at all times.
Shuaibu Ibrahim said that the operatives of the scheme have maintained regular contacts with security agencies with a view to sustaining their support for the safety of the corps members, even as he advised corps members to avoid putting themselves in harmful way.
“The incident of kidnapping is becoming rampant, but you can only be kidnapped if you make yourself available. So, please, avoid risky engagements: avoid staying out late; do not attend late night parties, and if going out, always inform someone that is trustworthy.”
The Director General warned the corps members against embarking on unnecessary journey, saying that they must seek permission before traveling.
He also advised them to always disclose the true state of their health to enable the operatives of the scheme take appropriate steps to ameliorate their condition, adding that there is the need for them to acquaint themselves with the NYSC Act and Bye-Laws and to abide by their provisions.
“You must internalise the content of the Act and the Bye-Laws so as to avoid getting yourselves into trouble through avoidable infraction.
“Beyond the letters, also take time to understand and internalize the spirit of the NYSC Anthem and the oath of allegiance which was administered on you few days ago.”