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2018 Batch “C” (stream 11) Corps members, during the closing ceremony of their Orientation Course at Damare Camp in Yola Adamawa State (image courtesy: Yakubu Uba/JAU/NAN/Concise News

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo State has countered the news going round that the scheme posted corps members to religious organisations, particularly churches.

Concise News understands that the state NYSC Public Relations Officer, Bankole Simeone made this known in a statement on Sunday in Akure, saying the secretariat in the state would not go against the established policy of the scheme.

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Simeone, speaking on the allegation that some corps members were posted to religious organisations especially churches, he described the news as ‘fake news’ and contained fallacies capable of tarnishing the good image the secretariat is enjoying in the public eye.

He said: ”The NYSC in Ondo State has observed with dismay, fake news trending on the social media about a purported allegation that the secretariat has posted some corps members to religious organisations especially churches.

“Ordinarily, one would have ignored the report as a figment of the writer’s imagination but as a responsible corporate citizen, we do not treat any matter regarding or relating to our esteemed and patriotic corps members with levity.

“The story is not only untrue but mischievous, misleading and contained fallacies capable of tarnishing the good image the secretariat is enjoying in the public eye.

“Ondo State cannot work at crossroads with the directives or policy of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme where it is clearly stated that no corps member should be posted to religious organisations.

“We have never done so and we do not intend to compromise on this very sensitive posting policy.

”I wish to state categorically that apart from the four key areas which the policy is clear and unambiguous about, other areas we serve because of their voluntary nature of assignment are Non-Governmental and Cultural Organisations.

”I wish to add that any posting done in error or contrary to the established policy is reversed immediately it is brought to the notice of the management.

”The general public is hereby advised to disregard the purported allegations contained in the said report,” he said.