BY KAYODE ANIMASAUN

Fourteen corps members of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1) in Ondo state  have been sanctioned by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC ).

The state coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Grace Akpabio disclosed this in her farewell message to the outgoing corps members.

The programme which was conducted under strict observance of COVID19 protocol was devoid of fanfare, pomp and pageantry.

According to Mrs Akpabio, the long arm of the law caught up with five corps members whose case is pure abscondment and were recommended for repeat of service pending ratification by Headquarters.

She added that nine others would serve extension of service for misconduct during the service year.

The NYSC boss however announced that out of one thousand six hundred and nine (1609) due to pass out, only one corps member merited the State Honours Award while no fewer than one hundred (100) received Commendation Certificates.

She charged the passing out corps members to strive to make Nigeria better.

Mrs. Akpabio who personally monitored the issuance of Certificate of National Service, (CNS) to deserving members of the service corps at Akure South Local Government said that post COVID19 era should have the patriotic Nigerians as architects of a better society.

Akpabio said “I wish to inform you that our resources, energy and talents should be unreservedly directed and dedicated to the ideals which enable a nation to rise up above its history and attain heights that would have normally and ordinarily been deemed unattainable”.

She said that she always believed that the youths constituted a dominant force for national growth and development and as such have very critical roles to play in the all-important task of nation building.

“Your invaluable contributions to your host communities bear eloquent testimony to your pivotal role in promoting and accelerating national development in virtually all sectors of the economy”.

The NYSC boss while lauding them for the exemplary services rendered, urged them to utilise the opportunity of serving the communities to advance the progress of this great nation.

“As you go into the larger society, I hope you will not be found wanting but rather offer your services selflessly and dedicate yourself to the progress of this nation as a whole”.

Mrs Akpabio said they have all done well during the past one year of continuous period of national service but added that ‘some of you that have been considered outstanding will be honoured with meritorious award while the recalcitrant ones will be sanctioned’.

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