The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Monday said the two Corp members in Ebonyi state who were evicted from the Orientation Camp last week were found guilty of flouting schedule 1 Article 3(b)(ix) of the NYSC bye- laws 1993 .
The two members were sent away for refusing to wear the NYSC kits (trousers) in camp and rather wore skirts against the usual trousers given to them by the NYSC according to reports.
Following controversial reports and reactions that trailed the story, the scheme has come out to clear the air on the issue.
According to the State Coordinator, Mrs Ann Ibe, who spoke to newsmen ,the NYSC followed due process in de-kiting the Corps Members.
The bye-laws clearly state 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 goes on to state in (b) (ix) that during the orientation, every member shall wear the various uniform provided for activities.
She further said that the bye-laws also stipulated 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’.
Mrs Ibe said the Corps members were de-kited in line with the recommendations of the NYSC Camp court which is the NYSC Disciplinary Committee, which handles cases arising in camp.
“The Court considered their cases and gave the opportunity to defend themselves for not being properly kitted 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 decamped and de-kitted,” she said.
She however, noted that though they were de-kitted and decamped in line with the bye-laws of the NYSC the matter has been forwarded to the Headquarters of the scheme for final determination.
Meanwhile officials in the camp tried to convince the Corps Members to change their mind about the dress code but they refused.