The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Zamfara on Thursday announced that it had sanctioned 19 members of the batch “B” Stream 1 of the programme for various offences.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Hajiya Walida Isah, announced the punishment at the passing out ceremony of the batch in Gasau.
Isah said eight of the corps members were to repeat the compulsory one year national youth service, for absconding from their duty posts of primary assignment.
She said that the corps members absconded from their duty posts soon after they departed the orientation camp.
The state coordinator added that the 11 other members would have their service year extended for violating various NYSC rules and regulations.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2,415 NYSC members were deployed to Zamfara under the 2016 batch “B” Stream 1.
Isah, however, commended nine of the outgoing corps members who received different awards for their diligence at their different primary assignment duty posts.
She said that three of them received state awards and three were given local government awards while three others got merit awards.
The state coordinator charged the outgoing corps members to utilise what they had learnt during the service year for their future development.
“You know what NYSC trained you for under its Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development; you should practise what you have learnt from this programme.
“You should not wait for white collar jobs which are very scarce; you should, as soon as you go back home, embark on various businesses.
“God willing, you would sooner than later, become employers of labour.
“Whatever you are doing, you should be honest, transparent and committed; you should avoid involving yourself in any criminal activity.
“Try to be useful to your parents, society, states and Nigeria in general”, she said.
Isah, who assumed office on Wednesday, took over from the former coordinator, Hajiya Rahmatu Sanda, who is on transfer to Kastina State. (NAN)