Emmanuel Attah, the Osun State Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has cautioned corps members against using their uniform for criminal activities, saying the uniform was not a license for crime.
Attah gave the warning during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C stream 1, held at the NYSC orientation camp in Ede, Osun State, on Monday. He warned, saying: “never see your uniform as immunity to commit crime or get involved in social vices.”
Attah, who said he was pleased with the corps members’ conduct during the orientation course, said they were now equipped to move into the next phase of the service programme.
He said the corps members were being challenged to exhibit exemplary conduct in their places of primary assignment, execute community based projects and eschew social vices.
“My dear corps members, I urge you all to be good ambassadors of the NYSC wherever you find yourselves and put in your best and be security conscious at all times.
“May I sound a note of warning that your uniform is not immunity for you to commit crime or be involved in social vices, if you do so, the long arms of the law will take its due course.”
“Also be reminded not to embark on frivolous journeys, you owe yourselves a duty to stay alive during the service year,” he said.
Attah equally used the occasion to appeal to corps employers to receive the corps members with open arms, treat them with utmost care and provide them with enabling environment, which includes decent accommodation, transport and medical care.
The Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, in his own remarks, urged the corps members to accept their postings without resentment or bad feelings but with avowed determination to leave their host communities better than they meet them.
Aregbesola, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Biyi Odunlade, said the people of the state are hospitable and are fully prepared and eager to receive the corps members.