The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that it
would not take the risk of posting new Corps members to Local Government Areas
where many lives were lost to bandits attack.
In support of its decision, the body on Thursday withdrew Corps members already serving in war-ravaged areas.
NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi while briefing newsmen after the swearing-in ceremony of Corps members at the orientation camp, Paiko said the safety of lives of those members is paramount to them and that they cannot risk their lives.
“Officials of the NYSC
in the areas affected by the bandits have been mandated to send updates of
places with crisis to the state office and we will not post any Corps members
to these areas because we cannot afford to lose any of them,” Ajayi remarked.
According to her, “Our eyes are on the Corps members for the whole year; we are their parents and guardians and we cannot do otherwise than to protect them.”
‘’We have recalled all our Corps members from those crisis
areas and re-posted them and we will not send any of them to areas where
bandits have carried out their attacks.
“Though we are aware that Niger State government and security agencies are on top of the situation but we will not rely on this assurance and so for now, we will not post any of them to these areas until there are confirmed reports that the places are safe,” the State Coordinator remarked.
Speaking at the event, Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani
Bello while declaring the Orientation Camp open, assured Corps members of
adequate security across the state despite the pocket of crisis in some council
areas of the state.
“It is true that the
nation is facing some security challenges even though government at all levels
are putting necessary modalities in place to prevent any breach of law and
order but I can assure you that we enjoy relative peace here in Niger State and
we will continue to do everything possible to protect everybody’s lives and