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Byelaws

NYSC LAWS

SCHEDULE 1

1. MOTTO OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS

 The Motto of the National Youth Service Corps (Hereinafter referred to as the “Service Corps”) shall be (“Service and Humility”)

2. THE PLEDGE

Every member of the Service Corps (Hereinafter referred to as “member”) shall as soon as possible after registration, subscribe to and sign a copy of the pledge set out in Schedule 3 to these bye-laws.

3. CODE OF CONDUCT

Every Corps Member shall observe the following code of conduct during the period of the orientation course.

(a) Every member shall accept his posting without question

(b) During the period of orientation, every member shall:

(i) Attend regularly, punctually and participate fully in all official engagements on the field, at lecture and all places of work.

(ii)  Not leave the Orientation Camp or absent himself from any official activity without the written consent of the state coordinator or his representative.

(iii) When absent from his duties on account of illness, ensure that such absence is covered by an “Excuse Duty Certificate” issued by a medical doctor then on duty at the camp

(iv) not gamble within the premises:

(v) not be in possession of firearms or ammunition 

(vi)  not smoke or chew anything on parade, and at any other time not smoke in a prohibited area or throw lighted cigarette butts or lighted matches about the premises carelessly.

(viii) not receive visitors in the camp except on Saturdays, Sundays and a Public Holiday

(ix) Wear the various uniforms provided for the activities.

(x) not deprive other members of their meals by taking double rations;

(xi) not keep animal pets in the Camp;

(xii) not riot or take part in mo action;

(xiii) not steal

(xiv) not take part in or organize private night parties in the camp without the written  permission of the state Director

(xv) not be insubordinate or rude to camp officials.

(c) During the period of Primary Assignment every member shall;

(i) accept his assignment without question:

(ii) report at duty station promptly:

(iii) report for duty punctuality:

(iv) carry out such duty diligently:

(v) not leave his station or absent himself from any official activities without the written consent of the appropriate authority in his establishment.

(vi) not travel outside the state without prior written consent of the state Director:

(vii) not be rude or insubordinate at his place of work

(viii) not engage in immoral practices especially with students:

(ix) not disclose any information which comes to him in his official capacity to any person not authorized to receive such information :

(x) not engage in private practice:

(xi) not ride a motorcycle without wearing a crash helmet.

(d) During the period of Year-Round Community Development Service, every member shall:

(i) not absent himself from project site without prior written consent of his Community Development Inspector

(ii) report punctually at his place of assignment and

(iii) work as an efficient member of his team

(e) During the period of Winding-up and passing-out, every member shall 

(i) Participate in all the activities and programmes.

4. MEDICAL PROVISION

Any member who takes ill while on duty shall avail himself at the nearest Military or Government Medical facilities and on no account seek specialist treatment outside his station without;

(a) Prior reference by the Government or Military Doctor:

(b) The written permission of the State Director.

5. LEAVE OF ABSENCE

(i) Except in the case of the 21-days vacation granted as a terminal benefit on completion of the service, leave is a privilege granted at the discretion of the Director-General in accordance with the leave scales laid down by the National Directorate Headquarters from time to time

(ii) Except in case of vacation leave, total number of days that can be grated as leave for whatever reasons shall not exceed 14 days in any service year

(iii) Leave of absence shall not be granted to enable a member to travel outside Nigeria except by the Director-General

(iv) Subject to the exigencies of the service, a member may be recalled from his leave at short notice

(v) Leave of absence shall begin on the day specified in the letter approving such leave and a member is required to rejoin his post on the day the leave expires.

(vi) On rejoining the post from leave, it shall be the duty of each member to acquaint himself with all instructions issued during his absence;

(vii)      (a) Where a member on leave requires medical attention, he shall report to the Military or Government Hospital and shall be treated on production of his identity card.

(b)1. Where in the absence of the facilities referred to in subparagraph (a) above, a member is compelled to avail himself of the services of a private medical practitioner, he shall be responsible in the first instance for the fees payable and shall obtain a receipt thereof as well as a medical report from a Military or Government Hospital.

2.  If the circumstances are recognized as requiring such service, the headquarters may authorize a refund to such a member at such rates as the Director General considers fair and reasonable.

(c) A member who has availed himself of the facilities in subparagraphs (a) and (b) (1) above must tender a medical report or discharge certificate on disposal of the case as evidence on return to his post

(d) Any payment made to a chemist for treatment rendered to a member while on leave may only be refunded by the state Director where there is no Hospital in the area at such rates as the State Director considers fair and reasonable.

(viii) where a member is admitted into Hospital, during his leave, it shall be his duty to notify his state Director.

6. MATERNITY LEAVE DURING THE SERVICE YEAR

(i) A married or an unmarried pregnant member shall be entitled to twelve weeks maternity leave. During this period of leave, she will be paid full monthly allowance.

(ii) She will not however be entitled to the annual leave of 21 days (terminal leave).

7. MARRIAGE DURING THE SERVICE YEAR

A member who desires to get married during the service year shall:

(a) Be allowed to perform the marriage ceremony in any place of his/her choice;

(b) Any member who wishes to apply for leave of absence for the purpose of subparagraph (a) above shall do so not later than four weeks before the date of the proposed marriage.

8. ABSCONDMENT

Any member who is absent for continuous period of 3 months within the service year shall be considered to have absconded and shall be declared a wanted person.

9. I.D. CARDS

(i) Ever member shall:

(a) During the Service year carry on his person, his identity card wherever he goes and shall on request present it to the appropriate authority.

(b) At the end thereof, surrender it to the State Director

(ii) Any persons who fails to surrender his identity card to the State Director shall be liable to the appropriate penalty prescribed in schedule 2 hereto.

10. CONFIDENTIAL REPORTS

(i) In order to provide a full record of work, conduct and capabilities of each Corps member, and to assist the headquarters to give a correct assessment of each member at the end of the service year, the following reports will be made on each Corps member

(a) A record of the Orientation Assessment documented on NYSC Form 2(A)

(b) A quarterly record of Primary Assignment assessment by the Corps Employer Documented on NYSC Form 2(B); and 

(c) A record of SecOndory Assignment Assessment by the Community Development Inspector Documented on NYSC Form 2(C). (NYSC Form 2 (A), (B) and (C) in Schedule 3 of these bye-laws)

(ii) Each Confidential report submitted, pursuant to sub-paragraph (1) above, shall be considered a privileged document and shall not be made public but 

(a) The substance of any adverse comment on the work or conduct of a member which is included in any such report on him shall be conveyed to him in writing by the State Director with the object of encouraging him to overcome his shortcomings; and

(b) The fact that this action has been taken should be endorsed on the report itself. Where a member has any cause to make a representation in respect of any part of his report, he shall do so through his employer to the State Director.

11. CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS

(i) All communications including those for redeployment from a corps member shall always be endorsed by his employer

(ii) A member shall seek redress for any grievances or redeployment from:

(a) His Corps Employer or the State Director in the first instance; but

(b) where he is not satisfied with the action taken by any person mentioned in subparagraph (a) above, he may appeal to the Chairman of the State Governing Board; and

(c) As a last, he may appeal to the Director-General.

(iii) Any Member who:

(a) Violates the progressive channel of communication as laid down in subparagraphs (i) and (ii) above or 

(b) Airs his grievances in any news media, shall be liable to the appropriate penalty prescribed in Schedule 2 hereto.

12. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISION

No member shall:

(a) Be involved in any act of forgery;

(b) Form any organization or group without prior written consent of the State Director;

(c) Engage in fraudulent practices;

(d) Engage in physical fighting; 

(e) Assault any official of the NYSC or his employer, in his place of Primary Assignment physically or verbally.

(f) Take part in partisan politics;

(g) Engage in any action detrimental to the image of the scheme;

(h) Organize or engage in any form of secret cult or organization, or;

(g) Address the press or communicate with any of the state executives without permission    of the state Director.

13. CITATION 

These Bye-laws may be cited as the National Youth Service Corps Bye-Laws 1993.

PENALTIES

1.         The following penalties shall imposed in the following circumstances

 


S/N

                         OFFENCE

                    PUNISHMENT

(a)

For lateness in any official engagement on field, at lectures or of work

15 minutes drill by the Camp Commandant

(b)

Leaving the camp without permission of the State Director 

Extension of the Service year by double the number of days for which the member was absent from his camp and forfeiture of his allowance for the same number of days oh which he was absent.

(c)

Absence from any activity without the State Director’s permission

Forfeiture of the day’s pay

(d)

Gambling

Fine of not less than N50.00

(e)

Possession of arms and ammunition

Member shall be handed over to the Police for Prosecution.

(f)

Smoking or chewing while on parade

Extra drill for 15 minutes

(g)

Taking double ration or aiding and abetting taking of double ration

Fine of not more than 20.00

(h)

Drunkenness resulting in disorderly behavior

Extra drill of 20 minutes

(i)

Failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity

(a) The Corps member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be decamped.
(b) After dressing up, he will be drilled for 20 minutes

(j)

 Receiving visitor in camp on any unauthorized day or hour

20 minutes extra drill

(k)

Infringement of office preventive measures

To face camp court

(l)

Bringing animal pets to camp.

Corps owner of pet not to be registered.

(m)

Inciting other members to cause disaffection in the camp

Extension of service by at least, 90 days on half pay.

(n)

Rioting or taking part in a mob action

Extension of service for a period of 90 days on half pay.

(o)

Stealing in camp

Recovery of stolen item(s) and extension of service for 90 days on half pay

(p)

Taking part in organizing night parties in camp without the written permission of the State director.

Extra drill 30 Minutes.

(q)

Insubordination or rudeness to camp officials

30 days extension on half pay.

(r)

Failure to report for service

A fine of N2,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of 12 months or both on conviction

(s)

Illegal Participant in the service.

A fine of N4,000.00 or imprisonment for 2 years or both on conviction.

(t)

Complicity in perpetrating illegal participation (by individual or corporate bodies)

Fine of N5000.00 or imprisonment for 3 years  or both

(u)

Illegal wearing of NYSC Uniform

Fine of N1000.00 or imprisonment for not less than 6 (six) Months or both

(v)

Organising or engaging in any form of secret cult or organization

Immediate decampment and the case referred to National Headquarter Disciplinary Committee

(w)

Addressing the press without prior written consent of the State Director

Extension of service for at least 30 days on half pay

 

2. GENERAL            NOTES


Drill (Serving as penalties) for offenders should be deducted from the corps member’s monthly allowance and paid prompt to the NYSC Accounts and receipt issued accordingly.


3. DURING THE PERIOD OF PRIMARY ASSIGNMENT

 


S/N

                 OFFENCE

              PUNISHMENT

(a)

Failure to accept assignment

Withholding of Clearance for monthly allowance until he complies

(b)

Lateness to report at duty Station promptly

Extension of Service by double the period he is late to station

(c)

Failure to report to duty/punctuality

Query by employer and report to State Director subsequently

(d)

Failure to carry out duties diligently

Same as (C) above

(e)

Leaving his duty station or absenting himself from any official activities without the written consent of the State Director

Extension of service to be determined y the State Director.

(f)

Travelling Outside the State without written permission of the State Director

Forfeiture of allowance for the number of days absent and extension of service, double the period of absence.

(g)

Rudeness and insubordination

Extension of service for a period not less than 14 days

(h)

Engaging in Immoral practice especially with students

Extension of service for a period not less than 90 days

(i)

Disclosing Official information

Extension of service for a period not less than 30 days

(j)

Leaking Of Examination Question

Extension of service for a period not less than 2 months with half pay and employment

(k)

Engaging in private practice

Extension of service for a period not less than 14 days

(l)

Riding a motor-cycle without crash helmet

Fie of not less than N30.00

 

4. DURING THE PERIOD OF SECOndoRY ASSIGNMENT

 


S/N

                      OFFENCE

                      PUNISHMENT

(a)

Absence from place assignment.

Forfeiture of the days allowance plus extension double the number of days absent.

(b)

Lateness of more than 30 minutes to the place of assignment

Stern warning in the first instance and if he continues to be late he forfeits the allowance for the number of days.

5. DURING THE PERIOD OF WINDING-UP AND PASSING-OUT


S/N

                      OFFENCE

                      PUNISHMENT

(a)

Failure to participate in any of the activities

Forfeiture of transport fare back home

6. MISCELLANEOUS PENALTIES


S/N

                      OFFENCE

                      PUNISHMENT

(a)

Failure to produce identity card on demand

Fine of N5.00

(b)

Loss of Identity Card

Fine of N20.00

(c)

Wrongful Channeling of Communication

No action should be taken on such communication

(d)

Seeking redress outside established channel of communication

Extension of service for a period to be determined by the National Directorate Headquarter

(e)

Forgery

Extension of service for at least 90 days and/or handing over to the police for investigation as applicable

(f)

Forming any organization or group without the written consent of the State Director

Proscription of the group plus extension of service for a period of not less than 14 days.

(g)

Fraud

Recovery of the amount involved plus extension of service for at least 60 days and/or handing over to the police for investigation as applicable.

(h)

Engaging in physical Fighting  

Extension of service for a period not less than 14 days

(i)

Assaulting NYSC/any officer in his place of primary assignment

Extension of service for a period not less than 30 days with pay and redeployment

(j)

Taking part in partisan politics

Extension of service for a period not less than 3 months

(k)

Loss of any item of Kits

Payment of the equivalent of the current price of the kit item

(l)

Willful damage to public property

Payment of the cost of damaged property plus extension of service for 14 days

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES


(a)        Any member who infringe any of the foregoing provision shall have the benefits of appearing either before the camp court during the orientation/Passing-out periods or the State Disciplinary Committee at any other period(s) during the service year. The court Disciplinary Committee shall be established in each camp or state to determine breaches and mete out a appropriate penalties.
(b)        Except where otherwise stated, extension of service is now double the period of absence from duty with only half allowance for the “period’
(c)        Any corps member who travels outside the country without permission from the Director-General shall face appropriate disciplinary measures to be determined by the Director-General.

(d)       Corps members should not travel out of the State during school, College ad public holidays without permission from the State Director.