The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned corps members to shun crime, drug abuse and other social vices that are inimical to their lives, saying such could alter their development and disrupt their progress in life.
It explained that the warning had become imperative following the arrest of a corps member, Arnold Meniru, was arrested for over alleged importation of 4kg of drugged candies by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ((NDLEA).
The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, through a statement on Tuesday while condemning the act, called on corps members to be good ambassadors and avoid going against the law.
She added that the operatives of the NDLEA had on Aug. 28, arrested Meniru when a consignment of drugs was intercepted at the warehouse of a transport company.
According to her, the management of the NYSC is aware of the reported arrest by the NDLEA of a corps member, Arnold Meniru, for alleged importation of four kilograms of drugged candies from the UK.
“The scheme wishes to reiterate its unequivocal stand against any form of crime by any individual, including corps members.Recognising the dangers and negative effects of drugs, particularly on the youth, the NYSC over the years, has collaborated with the NDLEA to sensitise and counsel corps members and the public against substances’ abuse.
“Equally, sensitisation on the dangers of illicit drugs is one of the major lectures package for the orientation exercise. There is an existing NYSC and the NDLEA Community Development Service (CDS), group whose mandate is to organise public campaigns against use of illicit substances to curb drug abuse.
”The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has always utilised all opportunities to counsel corps members on the dangers and implications of engaging in crimes, including drug abuse.
”The scheme will not relent in continually admonishing corps members to be good ambassadors of their families, desist from drug trafficking and any other act that can tarnish the names of their families, the NYSC and the country,”