Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has advised corps members to steer clear of desperate politicians and remain apolitical throughout the service year.
The governor, in an address at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch C Stream II corps members’ orientation exercise on Wednesday in Keffi, urged them to be agents of change and strive to leave lasting legacies in their areas of primary assignments.
Al-Makura, who was represented by Mr Bulus Amoyi, Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry for Youth and Sports Development, said that the advice was necessary because of the role some of the corps members would play in the 2019 general elections.
“Desperate politicians will seek to influence and manipulate you, but you must resist them and their antics,” he said.
He reminded them that the future of the country and its democracy was in their hands, and challenged them to put national interest above every other consideration,
“The onus lies on you to make the election process transparent, credible and acceptable to all; you cannot afford to fail,” he said.
Al-makura promised to ensure adequate security for the corps members, and urged employers to accept NYSC members posted to them.
Hajia Zainab Isah, Coordinator of NYSC in the state, in her speech, commended the corps members’ good conduct throughout the exercise, and urged them to accept their postings in good faith.
Urging the corps members to integrate themselves into communities they would serve, she said that the posting was carefully done to meet the peculiar needs of the three states – Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa – whose corps members underwent the orientation in the Keffi camp.
She urged them to identify and appreciate peculiar challenges in the communities with a view to assisting them through community development service projects.
Isah warned them against indolence and truancy during the service year, saying that defaulters would be sanctioned.
The coordinator said that those who engaged in impactful projects in their host communities would be duly rewarded.