The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) warned corps members in Gombe State on Tuesday not to accept rides from strangers in order to ensure their safety.
The advice was given by the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen Mohammed Fadah, at the temporary orientation camp in Amada, Akko Local Government Area, Gombe State, during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream I Orientation Course.
According to Fadah, corps members must always be aware of their security and refrain from actions that put their lives in danger.
Among the behaviors he listed were accepting rides from complete strangers, partying late into the night, staying out late, and visiting dangerous locations.
However, Fadah asserted that the program was dedicated to ensuring the safety of every corps member. She was represented by Mrs. Ada Imoni, the NYSC State Coordinator.
He noted that the corps members have the responsibility of complementing the scheme’s efforts by not exposing themselves to danger.
“The management remains committed to your security and general welfare. Accordingly, we are in constant liaison with security agencies and other stakeholders.
“This is with the view to ensuring your safety as well as addressing other essential needs for a fulfilling service year,” he said.
Fadah also warned against unauthorized journeys and night trips, adding that traveling at night would not only increase the risk of an accident but also make rescue difficult.
“You are, therefore, advised to always cut short your trips from six o’clock in the evening and pass the night at NYSC lodges, military barracks, and other locations officially designated as safe.
“Furthermore, you should board vehicles only at approved motor parks so as to avoid falling prey to criminals,” he said.
About 1,240 corps members, comprising 903 males and 337 females have been posted to various communities across the state for their primary assignments.