NYSC Director justifies dismissal of 2 born-again corps members

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Obinna Uchendu, Abakaliki
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Monday gave further clarification on the dismissal of two Corps members posted to Ebonyi State from the Orientation Camp.
Speaking with Newsmen in Abakaliki, the State Director of the scheme, Mrs Ann Ibe said the Corps members were dismissed in line with the recommendations of the NYSC Camp Court.
According to her, the Court is the NYSC Disciplinary Committee which handles cases arising in camp.
“The Court considered their cases and gave¬†them opportunity to defend themselves for not being properly kited in line with service regulations which includes undertaking to keep to the rules and regulations of the scheme.
“They were properly defended by a Corps Lawyer and at the end, the Court found them guilty and recommended they be de camped and de-kited,” she said.
The two corps members according to Everyday News report last week said they were sent packing for allegedly refusing to wear the NYSC trousers.
They were said to have worn skirt against the usual trousers given to them by the NYSC.
Everyday News reports that efforts to make them change and wear the approved kits proved abortive forcing the NYSC to dismiss.
Following wide spread misconception and condemnation that trailed the story, the scheme on Monday moved to clear the air on the issue.
Mrs Ibe further noted that the NYSC followed all due process and procedure before coming to the decision to de-kite the Corps Members.
According to her, the Corps Members were queried for flouting Schedule 1 Article 3 (b) (ix) of the NYSC Bye Laws 1993.
The article deals with code of conduct of Corps Members especially as it has to do with mode of  dressing.
A copy of the bye laws obtained by this medium clearly states in Schedule 1 Article 3 that “every member shall observe the following code of conduct during the period for which the code relates.
It further states in (b) (ix) that during the orientation, every member shall wear the various uniform provided for activities.
The bye laws she said also stipulates punishment for offenders in schedule 2 article 1(I) (a).
The said schedule 2 article (I) (a) states that ‘failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity, the Corps Member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be decamped.”
The State Coordinator, however noted that though they were de-kitted and decamped in line with the bye laws, the matter has been forwarded to the NYSC Headquarters of the Scheme for final determination.
Meanwhile, investigations revealed that the officials in the camp tried to convince the Corps Members to change their mind but they refused.
The source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Corps Members told the Camp Court that the decision not to wear the NYSC kits is their personal conviction. ENDS

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