Absconding from NYSC is such an offence that comes with so many consequences. In this article, we will look a some of these implications
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a one-year service program that is mandated for recent graduates. All Nigerian youth who has earned a degree from an accredited university or polytechnic must complete this program. The service program is dropped by graduates who are unavailable to meet up during this time.
This does not apply to exempt persons who, therefore, receive a Certificate of Exemption that is also acknowledged by the country. What are the consequences for persons who refuse to participate in the NYSC program? What happens to a corp member who leaves the service without providing the required notice will be highlighted in this article.
Consequences of Absconding from NYSC
Absconding from NYSC is when a corp member neglects to show up for duty. Any member who misses more than three consecutive months of duty is deemed to have absconded and will be placed on the wanted list. Additionally, this could result from being at home for a number of days in a row without telling your bosses, coworkers, or anybody else in the company.
The commission may morally determine to suspend or fire a corp member who is considered to be dodging prosecution without providing notice or following the correct exit procedures. Every company has its own procedures in place for dodging workers.
Why do members of the NYSC corp flee? A corp member may opt to leave if they are severely unhappy at work. Regardless of the cause, a missing corner points to a major failure in internal communication.
What disciplinary measures can be taken against a corp member for absconding?
The strictest disciplinary punishment that can be applied to this individual is suspension, discharge, or dismissal. This punishment is only applied to the most serious integrity-related offences.
Both discharge and dismissal cause an employee to leave the organization. Dismissal, on the other hand, entails a more severe punishment.
Consequence for Refusing Being Posted to Primary Assignment
Any member who arrives late for work will be subject to disciplinary action by the Corps Disciplinary Committee. If they are found guilty, they could face an extension of service with half pay for twice as long as they were late for work.
Again, any member who declines to accept a primary assignment posting forfeits compensation for the amount of missed work months. Additionally, they will serve the second extension of two additional months without pay.
Consequence of Refusing Being Posted to Secondary Place of Assignment
There cannot be any absences from NYSC Corp members at their secondary assignment area. Any member who misses two weeks of work at his secondary assignment is subject to losing the allowance for that month.
Additionally, any member who is more than thirty (30) minutes late to the location of their second assignment will receive a strong warning. Furthermore, he will lose his allowance (pro-rata) for seven days if he persists in being late for four weeks.
Consequence of Reporting Late at Duty Station
Any member who arrives late for work will be investigated by the Corps Disciplinary Committee and, if convicted to be guilty, will face an extension of service with half pay equal to the amount of time he was late.
Again, any member who arrives late for work will be investigated by the Corps Disciplinary Committee and, if found guilty, will face an extension of service with half pay equal to the amount of time he was late.
Consequence for Leaving Duty Station
Without the State Coordinator’s written permission, no corp member may depart from their place of duty or skip out on any official activity. Any member who departs from his or her duty station or skips any official event without the State Coordinator’s consent will be put on trial by the Corps Disciplinary Committee.
Nevertheless, if convicted of a crime, be subject to a service extension with half pay for the additional absence time.
Consequence of Traveling Outside the Serving State
No corp member should leave the State without the State Coordinator’s express written consent. Any member who leaves the state without the State Coordinator’s written consent will face disciplinary action from the Corps Disciplinary Committee.
If actually convicted, they will be subject to service extensions with half pay equal to the length of the absence and confiscation of the allowance for the number of days missed.
Consequence of Traveling Outside Nigeria
An NYSC corp member should not leave the country without the Director-express General’s written consent. Any member who leaves Nigeria without the Director-express General’s written consent would face disciplinary action from the Corps Disciplinary Committee.
In addition, if found guilty, be subject to an extension of unpaid service equal to twice the length of absence.
Consequence of Failing to Report to Duty Punctually
Any member of the NYSC corp who arrives late for work will be questioned by his employer, and the State Coordinator will be notified for punitive proceedings.
Consequence of Inducing Rejection of Posting
Any member who causes the rejection of his posting will be sentenced to an additional thirty (30) days of service at half pay upon conviction.
Consequence of Failing to Carry Out Duties
Any person whose boss believes they have not performed their tasks diligently will be questioned. The State Coordinator will also receive the report for disciplinary proceedings.
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The NYSC query is a formal letter sent to Corps members requesting that they provide a good reason for breaking the established norms. This letter is typically sent when an inspection reveals that a Corps member has been absent from his or her principal duty or from the State in particular without authorization.
The initial query usually merely acts as a warning, most time. Receiving multiple queries, however, increases your chance of having your service year extended.
NYSC Terminal Leave
Each Corps member is obligated to three weeks of terminal leave, which begins on the twenty-first day of the service year. But apart from those who have recently had twelve-week maternity leave, every member of the Corps is eligible for it.
Conclusion: Consequences of Absconding from NYSC
It’s imperative to abide by the NYSC’s laws and regulations. If you don’t, you risk getting punished by having your service year extended. Your service year could be extended for a few days, a few weeks, or even several months.
The length is determined by the seriousness of the particular abscondment. If you are accused of and found guilty of any of these crimes, you can find yourself serving the NYSC program for a lengthier period of time than you had planned.
Lastly, before thinking of absconding from NYSC, you should be ready to face the consequences