Ex-NYSC members, victims of Suleja bomb blast, accuse Jonathan administration of neglect

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerian government had promised automatic jobs to the affected NYSC members.

Almost two years after his pledge, President Goodluck Jonathan reneged on his promise to give immediate jobs to the National Youth Service Corps Members, who were affected in the April 2011 bomb blast at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Suleja Niger.

Series of bomb and other violent attacks, especially in the North, rocked the country’s stability the period preceding the 2011 gubernatorial and presidential elections.

Worst hit were Corps members, nine of whom lost their lives.

As compensation, the president, at what can be described as a ceremony, presented N5 million to families of those who lost their lives at the blast.

He also promised to give jobs to the other affected corps members immediately after the mandatory one year service to the nation.

Over one year later, the jobs are still in a shelf and most of the affected graduates; roam the streets looking for jobs.

Ezeezuemeh Ethelbert, the leader of the NYSC members, lamented the situation.

Mr. Ethelbert, who spoke in at an INEC programme in Abuja, said several months after the completion of their service there has been nothing in sight.

He said all the affected Corp members, in line with the president instructions, forwarded their names to the then Director-General of NYSC, Ismaila Tsiga, for automatic employment processing.

Mr. Ethelbert said most of the affected Corp members are still not employed.

INEC gives victim N100, 000

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja on Tuesday paid N4.6 million to 46 victims of April 2011 bomb blast at INEC office in Suleja in Niger.

Each of the victims was giving a cheque of N100, 000.

The INEC Deputy Director of Insurance and Due Process, Thomas Afanga, presented the cheques of Niger Insurance Company to them.

11 of the 46 recipients were members of the NYSC who served as ad-hoc staff during the April 8, 2011 elections in Niger.

Mr. Ethelbert said NYSC members are grateful for the gesture as the money would go a long way to assist them.


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