By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has called on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members, posted to the state not to involve in any act of political misdemeanor, especially with upcoming 2019 general elections.
Al-Makura made the call on Monday at the Dan Yamusa Orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area, during the closing ceremony of the orientation exercise for the 2018 Batch B Stream I corps members deployed to the state.
The governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Silas Agara, said the call became imperative due to the upcoming 2019 general election and the critical role Corps members play in the conduct of elections in the country.
“Let me use this occasion to call on you to refuse to be used as political hooligans and other vices capable of denting your image and the reputation of the institution you represent.
“This is more so as we are approaching the 2019 general elections,” he said.
He urged the corps members to resist any temptation by politicians to lure them into engaging in hooliganism.
The governor stressed that such undesirable acts are not for the good of the country, but for the selfish interest of the politicians.
“I call on you to resist any temptation to use you as political thugs and hooligans by selfish politicians.
“It is on this basis that you will be able to discharge your responsibilities as leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
Al-Makura, however, assured the corps members that all outstanding state allowances owed them, including those who already served, would be paid before the end of August.
It has come to the government’s attention that corps members allowances were not paid as and when due. Some have not been paid at all.
“We have taken proactive measures to ensure that all corps members affected are paid as and when due, starting from this August.
“So, I want to assure you all that as you resume in your host communities, your allowances will reach you before the end of this month,” he said.
Al-Makura explained that to facilitate the payments and other issues concerning corps members, a Special Adviser to the governor has been appointed to liaise with NYSC management in the state on how to facilitate the allowances and communicate on other welfare of corps members.
“Also regarding the state of accommodation in the camp, we will be interfacing with the state coordinator on what we can do to tackle the challenges,” he said.
He pledged to ensure that all corps members, who engaged in community projects, were duly rewarded and honoured by the state government, to encourage future corps members to emulate them.
Earlier, Mrs Zainab Isah, the state NYSC Coordinator, thanked the governor for prioritizing the welfare of corps members in the state and providing an environment conducive for them to carry out their national assignment.
She said that for the period of the orientation exercise, the corps members behaved well and no serious health challenge was recorded.
“They displayed a very high sense of patriotism and commitment during the exercise,” she said.
Isah also urged the corps members to take full advantage of the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training learnt during the orientation to be self-reliant.
The batch comprised of 1053 females and 1077 males.