Five members of the 2017 batch ‘A’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Kaduna state died in service in the state, state coordinator, Mohammed Dahunsi, has said. Thousands of youth corps members across the country wound up their one year mandatory service to their motherland yesterday with a ceremonial passing out parade five years after it was last done at the Murtala Square, Kaduna.
The POP is the last of the four cardinal points of NYSC; following orientation course, place of primary assignment and community development service (CDS). Declaring the service closed at the popular Murtala Square, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, blamed the low-key nature of the POP for the past fi ve years on security challenges, which has now improved
. The governor, however, commended the corps members, corps employers and the scheme for the positive impact they have collectively made to develop the state, promising his support to the scheme for effective service delivery. Kaduna state coordinator of the scheme, Mohammed, regretted that five corps members among the outgoing batch paid the supreme sacrifice, having lost their lives in the course of the service.
This was even as he announced that the sizeable number of corps members would have their service year extended for various disciplinary cases, including absenteeism. However, some of them that distinguished themselves during the service year would also be rewarded in varying categories to ginger others to effect their host communities positively.
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