The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has sanctioned 72 corps members who participated in the compulsory national scheme in Ondo, Edo, Rivers and Enugu States.
Thirty two of them, out of the 2,000 posted to Ondo, were disciplined for engaging in various misdemeanours during the service year while the three others who served in Enugu State had their service year extended indefinitely.
Thirty seven others also have their service year extended in Rivers and Edo States.
The Edo State Government offered automatic employment in the public service to four of the corps members who distinguished themselves during the service year and other states gave cash awards to others.
Details of the sanction and the reward were given out yesterday as members of the NYSC Batch B 2012/2013 passed out from various states.
In Ondo State, the NYSC directorate said 13 out of the 32 corps members sanctioned would repeat the service year for allegedly not reporting at their various places of primary assignment while 19 others have their service extended by at least one month depending on the degree of their offences.
The State Coordinator, Mr Isiaka Kuoye, at the passing-out parade of the corps members deployed in the state, however, added that five were awarded with honours while certificates of commendation were presented to another five who distinguished themselves during the service year.
Mr. Adegoroye Ademola, who served in Owo Local Government Area of the state, was awarded the Best Corps Member of the batch.
Speaking at the occasion, the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, said the outgoing corps members had shown diligence, commitment and patriotism during their stay in the state.
Mimiko, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Kola Ademujimi, said various communities and establishments in which they had served had benefited immensely from their services.
In Enugu, at least three out of the 3, 096 corps members posted to the state were yesterday stopped from passing out while their service year was extended indefinitely.
But 48 others who performed exceptionally well received special honours and recognition.
While the first 10 who received the state Governor’s NYSC Honours Award received cash awards of N100, 000 each, the remaining 11 who bagged the NYSC Governing Board Chairman’s Merit Award received cash rewards of N60, 000 each.
The other 27 corps members received commendation letters for their various contributions to the development of their host communities.
Coordinator of NYSC in the state, Hillary Nasamu, who announced the service extension for the three corps members at the passing-out ceremony yesterday, said the trio was penalised for violating the bye-laws of the NYSC scheme.
He explained that in addition to providing quality service in their places of primary assignment, the corps members executed community development projects all over the state.
At the passing-out in Edo State, the state government announced the offer of automatic appointments in the state public service to four corps members who won the state government’s award.
It also offered to employ 26 others through the state Information and Communications Technology (ICT) department.
The Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, broke the news to the corps members at their passing-out ceremony thursday.
He also announced a cash gift of N25,000 each to those who did their primary assignments in the state public schools.
He said the gesture was to appreciate of their contributions to the development of the state and by extension the nation.
Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Adebayo Somefun, said 20 corps members would be punished, with 14 of them repeating their service while six will have their service extended.
In Rivers State, the NYSC said it lost four of those deployed in the state while 17 others were sanctioned for various offences. Thirteen of the corps members who passed out yesterday received awards for outstanding performance.
The Rivers Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Josephine Okuonghae, made the disclosure thursday during the passing out of the 2012, Batch ‘B’ corps members in Port Harcourt.
He said 3, 680 corps members were posted to the state for the one year programme, adding that those sanctioned include eight who absconded from service and would repeat the service, while nine would have their service year extended between two weeks and five months, in accordance with the subsisting provisions of the bye-law of the NYSC.