NYSC directs corps members to resume in troubled states

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Monday directed 2012 Batch ‘B’ youth corps members to immediately proceed to their orientation camps, including those in violence besieged states, claiming that adequate arrangements have been made for their safety.

A statement signed by the Director (Corps Mobilisation), Mary Kolajo, and pasted at the NYSC Headquarters in Abuja, urged whosoever wanted a re-posting to do so while in camp.  It stated that the cases would expeditiously be treated by state coordinators.

The NYSC headquarters was besieged by at least 400 of the new corps members on Monday, who were there to complain of their postings.

Femi Adegbite, a youth corps member posted to Maiduguri, said he might not go as he is unsure of his safety.

“Last year, many youth corps members were killed in these troubled states including Borno and nothing happened. How do you expect me to go to Maiduguri?’’ he said.

Another corps member, Ireti Labati, posted to Yobe, said she would not go if her posting was not changed.

Albert Francis, who graduated from University of Ibadan and was posted to Sokoto State said, “I know that Sokoto is free from the crisis but you cannot predict what will happen later”.

NYSC Deputy Director in charge of Publicity, Peter Atilola, said that the affected youth corps members should report at their respective orientation camps first, adding that states had given the assurances that there is adequate security.

“The military, the police and Nigeria Civil Defence Corps have all assured us of security of corps members, so there is no cause for alarm,’’ he said.


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