Authorities of the National Youth Service Corps, Bayelsa State, have sanctioned 12 corps members for alleged abandonment of service and other acts of indiscipline.
It was learnt that four of the corps members would repeat the service year for absconding from service, while eight others would have their service year extended by months.
Speaking at the terminal parade held for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, the coordinator of NYSC in Bayelsa State, Mrs. Loto Bolade, said 1,516 corps members successfully completed the scheme.
Bolade said three corps members, who carried out notable community development projects, were honoured by the state.
She commended the corps members for their service to the nation and urged them to be good ambassadors of the scheme.
She also advised them to use the knowledge they acquired through the NYSC skills acquisition programme to engage in entrepreneurial ventures in order to be self-employed.
“Wherever you find yourself, you must bring to bear the ideals of patriotism, commitment to duty, hard work and respect for the rule of law,” Bolade counselled.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who declared the service year closed, described the NYSC scheme as a laudable vision to unite and integrate all sections of the country.
Dickson, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Kamela Okara, commended the corps members for their services in enhancing community development across state.
He urged the corps members to be exemplary citizens and join hands in enhancing the unity and integration of the country.
The governor said, “I want you to know that there is no greater preparation than when you give generously from your ability and your talent. It makes you appreciate your country. It prepares you in the most significant way for whatever endeavour you want to undertake and makes you become a responsible citizen of our great country.
“The NYSC scheme has thrust upon you the need for leadership, courage and integrity and with you, I am satisfied that there is hope for this country. You must therefore be champions of unity and integration of this country.”
Three corps members, Ikpi Sunday, BY/17A/0047; Audu Hassan, BY/17A/1375; and Ogbonna Marvelous, BY/17A/0234, were adjudged the best corps members of the year.
The corps member of the year, Ikpi Sunday, who was honoured with a certificate and cash reward, is a graduate of Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Calabar.
He constructed a public toilet at Gbarain General Market, Okolobiri, donated mosquito nets and anti-malaria drugs to the sick in the area as well as carried out free medical screening and health sensitisation among traders and indigenes in the area.