In an unexpected turn of events, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Katsina State has extended the service of 16 out of the 661 corps members who concluded their service year on Friday. The extension, according to Hajiya Aisha Muhammed, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, was a consequence of these individuals contravening the scheme’s rules and regulations.
The disclosure came during the low-key passing-out ceremony for the 2023 Batch ‘A’ Stream One corps members held on Friday in Katsina. Muhammed outlined that the extensions varied, with some corps members receiving a one-month extension, others three weeks, and the rest two weeks.
In addition to the service extensions, three outstanding corps members were honored for their exceptional performance in their Community Development Service (CDS) projects throughout the year. These individuals received certificates of honor signed by Governor Dikko Radda of Katsina State.
Addressing the outgoing corps members, Muhammed emphasized the importance of not remaining idle but leveraging the skills acquired through the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) program. She urged them to use their experiences during the service year to make positive impacts in their respective communities across the country.
Expressing gratitude, the Coordinator acknowledged the support and hospitality of the state government, traditional rulers, security agents, and the people of Katsina throughout the service year. She commended the corps members for their patriotic contributions to the development of their host communities across their Places of Primary Assignments (PPAs), noting that there were no adverse reports from these assignments.
As the extended corps members prepare for an additional period of service, the unexpected turn of events adds a unique chapter to their NYSC journey. The decision to honor outstanding achievements highlights the importance of recognizing and appreciating the efforts of those who excelled in their Community Development Service projects, encouraging a sense of accomplishment and dedication among future batches of corps members in Katsina State.