Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has reiterated its zero tolerance to indulgence to drug abuse and other social vices by Corps Members.
The agency reiterated the call in reaction to the reported arrest by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of a Corps Member, Arnold Meniru for alleged importation of four kilograms of drugged candies from the United Kingdom.
The Scheme while reacting to the arrest reiterated its unequivocal stand against any form of crime by any individual including Corps Members.
“Cognizance of the dangers and negative effects of drugs particularly on the youths, the NYSC over the years have been collaborating with the NDLEA to sensitize and counsel Corps Members and the public against substance abuse.
“Prospective Corps Members, before being admitted into NYSC Orientation Camps, are usually searched thoroughly by NDLEA operatives (who are also resident in the camps throughout the duration of the programme) to prevent importation and use of illegal substances in the camps.
“Equally, sensitization on the dangers of illicit drugs is one of the major lectures packaged for the Orientation exercise.
“In addition, there is an existing NYSC/NDLEA Community Development Service (CDS) group whose mandate is to organize public campaigns against use of illicit substances to curb drug abuse.” it said in a statement.
Also, the Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim counseled Corps Members on the dangers and implications of engaging in crimes including drug abuse.
The NYSC noted that being an integral part of the composite Nigerian society, Corps Members are subject to the laws of the country.
“Nonetheless, the Scheme will not relent in admonishing its Corps Members and the youths in general to be good ambassadors of their families, desist from drug trafficking and any other act that can tarnish the name of their families, the NYSC and the country at large.” the statement added.