The fear most people had, that Davido, the OBO crooner’s involvement with the National Youth Service Corps was a publicity stunt, appears to be materializing as report has it the singer has abandoned Youth Camp for a music tour in United State of America.

Penultimate weekend, it was in the media that Davido visited the NYSC orientation camp at Iyana-Ipaja to complete his registration. But a forty-eight hour later to the surprise of other Corps members, the singer is on his way to Boston for his ‘Locked Up’ tour of the United States of America.

Nevertheless, the general rule of the Corps stated that all NYSC members are expected to be present at the camp during the three weeks’ orientation programme, without any form of exception. What’s happening in Davido’s case?

Davido’s NYSC colleagues at the orientation ground are wondering if the law will be bent or allowed to take it full impact in the matter.

Excerpts from the NYSC Bye-laws revised in 1993 give strict rules for corps members during the orientation period.

According to Schedule 1: 3b:

During the period of orientation, every member shall:

(i) Attend regularly, punctually and participate fully in all official engagements on the field, at the 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 Director 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.”

Davido breaks

The Bye-laws also state penalties for leaving the camp without the permission of the State Director.

According to Schedule 2: 1b states that:

“The following penalties shall be imposed in the following circumstances.

“Leaving the camp without permission of the State Director” will attract “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 of which he was absent.”