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NYSC redeploys Yobe, Borno Corps members to Nasarawa, Benue

| July 6, 2012 More

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has redeployed Corps members posted to Borno and Yobe states to Benue and Nasarawa states. There are plans to redeploy those who are yet to report to camps in Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna states, report Vincent Ikuomola, Bukola Amusan, Abuja, Austine Tsenzughul, Bauchi and MARIE-THERESE NANLONG, Jos

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday redeployed all Corps members posted to Yobe and Borno states.

Those posted to Yobe are to report to Nasarawa State; those posted to Borno were redeployed to Benue State. 

A statement by the NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, directed those posted to Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna states but are yet to report in the orientation camps to report at the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja for redeployment. 

The statement reads:” This is to inform all prospective corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno States for the 2012 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course to note that all those posted to  Yobe State will now hold their orientation course at the Nasarawa State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Keffi, Keffi LGA, and not as stated on their call-up letters

Brig-Gen. Okore-Affia said: “All those posted to Borno State  will undertake their orientation programme at the Benue State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Wanume, Tarka LGA, and  not as stated on their call-up letters.

“Also, all 2012 Batch ‘B’ prospective corps members deployed to Bauchi, Gombe, 

Plateau, Kano and  Kaduna states who have collected their call-up letters but are yet to report in camp should immediately report at the NYSC Directorate Headquarters, Abuja for redeployment.”

Brig-Gen. Okore-Affia’s announcement coincided with the promise by the Federal Government, Bauchi and Plateau states to ensure that Corps members performing the one-year mandatory service are safe from danger.

Minister of Information Mr. Labaran Maku said the Federal Government is addressing the fear raised by some Corps members. He said President Goodluck Jonathan places premium on safety of corps members. 

He said: “The Minister of Youths Affairs was not in the council meeting today but I believe the ministry is handling the issue appropriately. The President places premium on safety of corps members. It is our responsibility to ensure they are safe wherever they are deployed. The Federal Government will look into issues relating to the corps members’ safety now and in the future.”

Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda said steps have been taken to ensure the security of all Corps members serving in the state.

The governor, who spoke at the 2012 Batch “B” swearing-in ceremony and opening of the three-week orientation course of 1,350 Corps members posted to the state at the Wailo Camp, Bauchi, urged them to ignore the negative media reports about happenings in the state.

Yuguda, who was represented by the Head of Civil Service, Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin, said: “I believe that so many of you have never come to this part of the country and might therefore be apprehensive of what the service year will be like. The prejudices and biased media reports of happenings in this part of the country might have contributed to this. 

“However, irrespective of your religion or tribe, you are safe and at home anywhere in this our dear state. Government has directed all security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and properties of all citizens in any part of the state.” 

Yuguda said the state government has made arrangements for the welfare of the Corps members during their orientation course and throughout their service year, adding that facilities at the camp would soon be renovated and the perimeter fencing completed.

He noted that the corps members were coming into national service at a critical stage when the scheme was undergoing reorganisation meant to reposition it towards because of the insecurity in the country.

The governor urged them to be good ambassadors of their families and their alma maters.

The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Nuhu Kwaghe, said 1, 581 Corps members were being anticipated but only 1,350 reported at the camp and were registered.

He said the NYSC management has taken adequate measures to protect the corps members during their orientation course.

He said: “I did undertake a tour of the state, especially Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro, Dambam, Giade and Katagum Local Government Areas were the last post-election violence occurred and I discovered  that there is relative peace and tranquility in those areas.

“We are expecting the government to give us a policy statement on the posting of Corps members to those local government areas as well as other areas.” 

Kwaghe urged the corps members to see their posting to Bauchi as a divine act.

Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang, who spoke at the official opening of camp and the swearing –in ceremony of the Corps members at the Zang Commercial Secondary School, Bukuru temporary camp, said the Corps members need to be careful.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth Development, Lohfa Bako, urged the Corps members to be vigilant. He said: “With the current security situation in our country, we can only face up to the change through collective vigilance and the committed efforts of all patriotic citizens.”

 Jang urged residents of the state to create the enabling environment for the Corps members to carry out their service without limitations.

 He said the scheme was a platform for them to foster national integration and harness their creative energies for national development.    

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