The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Gombe State on Thursday said three corps members had absconded while six others got extensions following various offences.
The State Coordinator, Ada Imoni, made this disclosure in an address delivered across the 11 Local Government Areas of Gombe.
The address was delivered during the scheme’s low-key ceremony presided over by officers from the State Secretariat.
About 445 2021 batch B stream II corps members completed their service in Gombe State. The corps member were deployed across 11 LGAs within private and public Places of Primary Assignments.
Imoni, while commending the 445 ex-corps members, urged them to uphold the ideals of the NYSC; especially by being good ambassadors of the Scheme as they commenced the next phase of their lives.
“A total of 445 Corps members are set to pass out today in Gombe State; out of which three absconded from service. Six got an extension of service for various offences committed,” Imoni said.
According to her, they should use skills acquired through the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme to start up businesses in order to be entrepreneurs and employers of labour, adding that they should not despise meagre beginnings.
Imoni said, “The NYSC introduced the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme in 2012 to equip Corps members with the necessary skills for self-reliance and to augment the allowance paid by the Federal Government.
“It is my belief that you have been groomed and refined for the next phase of your lives. It is high time we stopped depending on the Government for white-collar jobs and think of ways to fend for ourselves.”
“Uphold the ideals of the scheme as you commence the next phase of your lives,” Imoni added.