The Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Tunde Baba-Ahmed, Thursday disclosed that about 25 corps members of the 2012 batch 'A' were sanctioned for various offences, just as 31 corps members of the Batch 'A', who passed out in Ondo State, were also sanctioned for various degrees of offences in line with the provision of the Act establishing the scheme.
Equally, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has rewarded 11 NYSC members, who distinguished themselves in their area of primary assignments with various cash awards ranging from N500,000 to N1 million each.
Similarly, three NYSC members of the 2012 Batch 'A', who served in Kwara State also lost their lives during the service year, the state office of the NYSC lost the former Head of its Public Relations Unit, Mrs. Elizabeth Ndueso, in a motor accident.
It was gathered that the corps members offences ranged from indiscipline to absenteeism and abscondment from their primary assignments. Speaking at the passing out parade of the corps members in Ado-Ekiti, Baba-Ahmed said the sanctioned corps members were not among the 2,216 corps members that took part in the parade.
He said besides those sanctioned, 31 others also received awards for their selfless services during their one year service in the state.
Out of the 31 that received awards, 11 got state honours; nine for chairman's commendation certificates and 11 for state coordinator's recognition certificates.
He added: "Their commitment and effective participation in healthcare delivery, engineering, education, agriculture, social services, legal aid and general administration went a long way in enriching the lives of the people of their host communities."
According to him, "government has established agencies such as the NDE and SMEDAN to enable its citizenry access loans to set up small and medium scale enterprises."
The state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ganiyu Owolabi, commended the corps members for their contributions to the growth of the country and their role in ensuring credibility in the electoral process.
Uduaghan, who announced the awards during the passing out ceremony of the 2012 Batch 'A' corps members in Asaba, said the provision of various cash awards was to encourage youths to channel their efforts towards self-employment instead of relying on white collar jobs.
Other awards dished out to corps members, who excelled in the NYSC DG games in Abuja, includes the relay quartet, N400,000 each, the football team N250,000 each, 100 meters race N200,000 while their coaches received N500,000 each.
Explaining that the cash award was not a display of wealth, Uduaghan said the import was to encourage youth self-employment and promote Human capital development in the state.
In a related development, Ndueso, who had been serving in the state for about nine years before she was transferred to Abuja about two weeks ago, reportedly died on Wednesday after being involved in a motor accident at Kabba area in Kogi State.
She was said to be coming from Abuja to Ilorin on Tuesday to do final handing over to her successor and park her belongings when the vehicle in which she was travelling collided with another one leaving her sustaining serious injury.
Ndueso reportedly died the following day at the hospital, where she was receiving treatment making her the fourth casualty of the accident as three other occupants of the vehicle had reportedly died instantly.
The state Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Ngozi Ezekwe, announced the death of the three corps members and Ndueso yesterday, during the passing out parade of the batch at the Ilorin Metropolitan Square.
She prayed that God grants the bereaved family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also speaking at the occasion, the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, said as the corps members go into the society, they should make the ideal of the NYSC their guiding principle and change the society positively.
According to him, "as agents of social change you must be ready to continue the good work you have started with the NYSC scheme."
The governor, who was represented at the occasion by the state Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammed Dabarako, said: "I entrust you to the most powerful hand of God Almighty and pray he sees you through your future endeavours."
About 2,096 members of the batch comprising 1,132 male and 964 female passed out, while 10 received awards for distinguishing themselves during the service.
Meanwhile, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mr. Isiaka Kuoye, who disclosed this at the passing out ceremony of the corps members also advised them to learn a skill and bring something positive out of it in order to be independent instead of depending on their parents.
Conversely, 12 out of the 1, 946 corps members, who had proved themselves to be worthy ambassadors, shall receive awards and commendation from the agency.
Kuoye said many of them, who have made positive impacts in their various places of primary assignments by executing laudable development projects especially in the rural areas, have been commended.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement read on the occasion by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Alhaji Yekini Olanipekun, enjoined the corps members to shift their minds towards self-reliance and wealth creation as against white collar jobs which are becoming less attractive.
The president noted that his administration deliberately introduced Skills Acquisition Programmes to corps members in order to make them self-employed.
He said: "The present administration remains focused on youth empowerment, which we have pursued using the platforms of the Sure-P; You win and other programmes.
"I therefore implore you to cooperate and support this administration to reduce the current level of unemployment," he added.
Starting from this year, Jonathan said the federal government, under an arrangement with the United Nations Development Programme will recruit young professionals that will work on a variety of UN programmes.
He said the programme will expose the youths and make them serve as Nigerian Ambassadors not only in the International Civil Service, but also in many other respects.
He urged the out-going corps members to utilise the experiences they had garnered in the last one year to guide them in their pursuits of life goals.