Routine orientation course programme for the 2023 Batch B Stream II Prospective Corps Members will begin on Friday across the 36 States of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
At the temporary orientation camp ground for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Iyana-Ipaja in Lagos, prospective Corps Members were seen being attended to by camp officials under scrutiny by a combined team of Nigerian Army, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement and Administration (NDLEA), and others.
The same scenario played out at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu Orientation of the NYSC scheme in Ogun State.
Sources told Daily Independent that men of the Nigerian Army were busy all through the day putting up rehearsals for tomorrow’s event.
As many of the fresh graduates from Nigeria and the Diaspora have not been matched or subjected to a regimented life, the onus rests on the military personnel to ensure they are in good shape for the opening/swearing-in ceremony and throughout the camping period.
The 2023 Batch B Stream II orientation course commences on Friday, August 18 and ends on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
National Service Year
The National Youth Service Corps Year comprises four (4) main segments in which every Corps Members must satisfactorily participate before he/she is qualified to be issued a certificate of National Service. The service year therefore comprises of: Orientation Courses, Primary Assignment,
Community Development Service and
Winding – Up/Passing –out.
A National Youth Service Corps year starts with a 3 weeks orientation course and it is compulsory for all Nigeria graduates mobilised for national service.
The course lasts for three (3) weeks and is designed to achieve specific objectives.
To give Corps Members a better understanding of the objectives of the NYSC Scheme and enable them internalise its ideals.
To acquaint members with their environment in their political, cultural, social and economic setting.
To prepare Corps members for their particular roles in the Scheme.
To equip them with practical social and leadership skills that will enable them meet the challenges of the service year ahead.
To inculcate in the Corps members the spirit of national consciousness as a basic ingredient in nation building.
To instil discipline in the youths, give Corps members adequate physical and mental training.
To imbibe them with the Spirit of collective responsibility.
To achieve the above objectives the orientation course opens with a swearing-in/opening ceremony presided over by the executive Governor of the State/FCT Minister. The Oath of Allegiance and the National Pledge are administered by the Chief Judge of the State/FCT.
The orientation course content involves physical training, drills, lectures on the people and tradition of the host State, professional lectures for Corps health personnel’s, lawyers, teachers and Skill acquisition training e.t.c. Corps members participate in social activities designed to create opportunities for them to interact.
They participate in dance and drama competitions, Miss NYSC and Mr Macho.
They also participate in inter platoon competitions on football, volleyball, table tennis, cooking and sanitation.
Corps members are also trained on Man ‘O’ War activities leading to competitions on inter platoon drills and tug of war.