By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged all employers to take corps members posted to their respective organizations as their own children.
Ibrahim made the call in Bauchi in an interaction session of corps employers and himself at the second day of the two-day corps employers workshop organised by the NYSC.
According to him, this would go a long way in making them feel loved and address anomalies in some corps members’ behavior.
“Part of what you do is to sensitize them. Tell them the advantages of being in their places of primary assignment to put their minds at rest.
“These are our children, take them as your children and tell them what they will not miss in the city.
“They are our children and they need to be talked to and by the time you join us in talking to them, all the anomalies in their behavior would end,” said the D.-G.
Ibrahim also told corps employers that they had the right to query any corps member who traveled without informing his employer.
He added that such a query should be packaged and submitted to not only the Local Government Inspector or Zonal Inspector but also to the state coordinator, intimating him what exactly was happening in his place of primary assignment.
“Once the coordinator knows what is happening, he will activate our machinery to ensure that the corps member gets corrected on what he has done,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Yusuf Ali, a corps employer and the founder of Alkayum Technical Construction company, Bauchi, said some corps members forged their letter of rejection without the knowledge of the place of primary assignment they were posted to.
He added that some would travel out of the state without his permission as their employer even after telling them to go to the NYSC secretariat to seek a travel permit.
Another corps employer, Usman Musa, the principal, Government Junior Secondary School (GJSS), Soro Central in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state, said accommodation issues were also responsible for the high rate of rejection of corps members.
He said most of the corps members demanded accommodation that was beyond the capacity of corps employers.