General Yusha’u Ahmed, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has issued a directive to state and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) coordinators. They are tasked with ensuring strict adherence to the dress code by corps members, both during and after the orientation course. Additionally, he has instructed directors to closely oversee and assess compliance during routine inspection visits,leadership reports.
General Ahmed made these pronouncements in Abuja during the 2023 Batch ‘C’ pre-mobilization workshop. The workshop, themed “Enhancing The Orientation Course As a Vital Instrument for Leadership Development and Economic Empowerment,” was convened to evaluate previous orientation courses and devise strategies for improved performance.
In his address, he emphasized the significance of the NYSC uniform as a symbol of identity and pride for corps members. Regrettably, he noted that there had been instances of non-compliance with the official dress code and alterations to the uniform’s original design. Consequently, he urged State and FCT coordinators to enforce the dress code, and directors were tasked with ensuring ongoing adherence through their routine inspection visits.
General Ahmed also urged state coordinators to actively promote the campaign against night travel by corps members, reaching out to motor parks, transport companies, and relevant stakeholders before the commencement of the orientation course. Unauthorized travel by corps members has posed a recurring challenge, leading to avoidable incidents such as road accidents and abductions of prospective corps members on their way to their deployment states. General Ahmed called for collective efforts to curb this negative trend, emphasizing the priority placed on the security of corps members in all facets of NYSC operations.
Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka, the Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics, highlighted the pivotal role of the orientation camp as the initial point of contact for corps members, underscoring its lasting impact on their experiences.