The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Releases Travel Safety Tips for Prospective Corps Members.
The NYSC Orientation Programme for Corps Members takes three weeks to complete. After Camping, Corpers are to report to their NYSC PPA.
By implication, Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) shall be traveling across the length and breadth of the country to the various NYSC Camps for the exercise.
NYSC Travel Safety Tips
1. Every successful journey starts with a travel plan. PCMs, are enjoined to make adequate travel preparation before setting out on the journey.
Therefore, you must ensure and cross-check that you’ve packed all the relevant documents that will be requested at the point of registration.
This is to guard against the danger of being asked to go back home and fetch the forgotten documents. Doing so will over-expose you to our roads fraught with so many risks.
2. Kindly research your destinations thoroughly before leaving.
3, On no account, should you board a vehicle by the roadside because of a seemingly attractive cheap fare. It is a highway to calamity. So many have fallen prey to armed robbers, kidnappers, and ritualists due to such indiscreet actions. You should board vehicles only from recognized parks.
4. Please, be conscious of your travel time. Journeys must be arranged in such a way that you arrive at your destination latest 6 pm. Note that if it’s not possible to arrive at your destination at the aforesaid time, please, break the journey.
5. Avoid unnecessary argument/discussion bordering on politics and religion, among others. You may unwittingly cause offense. Keep your views to yourself.
6. Be courteous, but don’t trust people too quickly and don’t be loud while answering telephone calls, so as not to unknowingly divulge information that may place you on harm’s way.
7. Watch your drinking habit. Alcohol dulls your senses. Always be sober.
8. Take only what you need for the journey. Don’t overburden yourself with loads.
9. Dress normal. Don’t overdress. Conversely, don’t dress shabbily, since either way, you unduly stand out.
10. Please, keep a very close watch over your personal effects. It is advisable that you carry your vital documents (certificates, International passport, etc) on you.
11. Don’t put valuables in your back pocket for that’s always the pickpocket’s first point of call. It’s safer to use your front pocket.
12. Keep your family and trusted friends updated on your itinerary.
The Director General wishes you travel mercies, as you proceed to the respective camps in obedience to the clarion call to serve the Nation for one calendar year.