The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Osun State chapter, has punished five corps members with service year extension for allegedly violating NYSC bye-laws.
The state had received the deployment of 3,068 corps for the 2021 Batch B Stream 1 but while others were diligent with their obligations, some reportedly failed to comply.
The scheme also said eight other corps members absconded from the state.
Speaking at the passing out ceremony of the Corps members at the permanent orientation camp, Ede, on Thursday, the Osun NYSC State Coordinator, Abdulwahab Olayinka admonished the newly deployed corps not to compromise their integrity and virtues during the one-year exercise.
Abdulwahab congratulated the outgone corps members on the successful completion of their one-year mandatory service to the nation.
He charged the youths to hit the ground running and put into practice what they learned when they start their careers.
Olayinka also enjoined the corps members to inculcate the tradition of discipline, hard work, and self-reliance that they have learnt in the scheme.
She said: “I urge you never to compromise your integrity and virtues as rest is only sweet after you have laboured.
“The current situation demands that you put into use creative thinking and individual initiative. Focus more on self-employment. Resolve in your mind to try your hands on productive ventures as a means of earning a decent living in society. As you go, please carry on this mindset as the key to financial independence lies in your hands.
“As you disengage from service today, I urge you to allow the useful lessons of the dignity of labour, self-reliance, selfless service and peaceful co-existence that you have imbibed in the past year to be your guiding principle for the rest of your lives.
“In the pursuit of your life goals and careers, maintain a good image of yourself. Make discipline and transparency your watchword.”
In his remark, the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola congratulated the youths on the completion of their service year and also saluted the courage, enthusiasm and doggedness exhibited by the youths throughout their one-year service to the nation.
Represented by Wole Oyebamiji, the Secretary to the State Government, Oyetola charged the corps members to continue to radiate the capability and readiness to put in their best for the nation.
The Governor said, “Your comportment, conduct and interaction with yourselves and the good people of Osun State within this one year are highly commendable and mark you out as patriotic citizens who are ready to carry the dreams and aspirations of our Nation for a better and greater tomorrow.”