The 2021 Batch B, Stream 1 Corps members (PCMs) deployed to Osun State have been advised to be watchful to signs of security threat which they could encounter in their places of primary assignment.
They were also sensitised on the need to be conscious security wise in view of the security challenges confronting the country as they go about their one year service to the nation.
This advice was given by Danjuma Ibrahim, the representative of the State Director of the Department of State Security (DSS) during a security awareness lecture at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp, Ede Saturday.
While enlightening the corps members on some measures to take to ensure their personal security, Danjuma noted that security represents the protection of life and property and the freedom from all tendencies that causes instability and unrest.
He pointed out that some possible causes of security threats which could be encountered by corps members at their places of primary assignments could be political related issues, student unionism, ethnic and communal matters, kidnapping and arm robberies, religious bigotry, cyber crimes and misuse of social media.
The security agent advised them to always be at alert and aware of their immediate surroundings, avoiding night crawling and traveling and urged them to always trust their instincts and not to be afraid of asking for help.
The assured the corps members of the committment of the security agencies in the State to the security of corps members serving in the State.
In a related development, the prospective corps members in an interactive session with a security analyst, General Joe Komolafe (rtd) sought ways to handle security challenges with prompt and helpful information.
General Komolafe who stressed on the need for corps members to be friendly and humble in relating with the people in their host communities noted that this will go a long way in endearing them to the people thereby making the community come to their aid whenever they needed their help.
While discussing on solutions to security threats, the retired general tasked them to be conscious of their environment, be conversant with the do’s and dont’s of their host communities, blend well with neighbours, keep away from drug abuse and its users, avoid a flashy and flamboyant lifestyle, identify and locate security agencies stations in their immediate area of residence.
He called on the corps members to be courageous even in the face of challenges as this will help them to think and act rationally and intelligently rather than acting out of fear.
He also charged them to embrace all the tips the NYSC scheme has made available to them for their security and wellbeing during the service year.