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What A Relief! NYSC to Relocate Corps Members in Kaduna & Kano States

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It is non-debatable that the security of National Youth Service corps members serving in different parts of the country should be regarded more seriously. Corps members, especially those who are posted to states far away from their ethnic region or higher institution often have to grapple with security challenges as a result of their ethnicity or otherwise.

The insurgence of Boko Haram attacks across northern states has made the situation more dreadful for the corps members and their families. While some of them outrightly refuse to report to the orientation camp if posted to one of the northern states, some still do, but with a considerable amount of apprehension.

The brutal killing of some corps members during the 2011 General Elections also heightened the ‘fear of the north’. Vanguard News reports that over 30 corps members might have been killed during post-election violence in different northern states. This was followed by the immediate withdrawal of most corps members from such states.

However, corps members, especially those serving in the north, are still faced with security challenges as a result of the Boko Haram attacks occurring in random northern states. While many refuse to stay in such states, those who do put their families and friends in constant worry over their security.

For such reasons, the Punch News report today that the National Youth Service Corps may relocate corps members from Kaduna and Kano states for security reasons is very welcoming.

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As a result of the recent bombings in Kaduna and Kano states, the National Youth Service Corps may relocate corps members from the states for security reasons.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the NYSC, Mr. Peter Atilola, told SUNDAY PUNCH that though there was currently no plan to withdraw corps members en masse from the two states, corps members serving in those states could apply individually to be relocated on the grounds of worsened security situation.

“For now, there is no plan for relocation of corps members from Kaduna and Kano states, but if any corps member feels he or she is not safe in these places, he or she can apply and would be relocated,” he said.

It would be recalled that the Minister of Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, had ordered NYSC not to post corps members to Borno and Yobe states late last year when there were frequent bombings and gun attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, resulting in the death of hundreds of people.

The corps members who were initially posted to the states were directed to observe their orientation exercise in Benue and Nassarawa states, and were reposted to all states of the federation, except for Borno and Yobe States.

With some deadly bomb attacks in the past few months including Easter bomb attack which killed about 40 people, the security situation has drastically worsened in Kaduna and Kano states, resulting in some residents relocating to other parts of the country they considered safer.

The Special Adviser to the minister, Mr. Julius Ogunro, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the policy of the Ministry for Youth Development on the security of corps members remained that corps members would not be posted to any part of the country where their security could not be guaranteed.

But while Kaduna and Kano are the states termed as ‘insecure’ for now, who knows which will be next?

The move by NYSC to grant relocation to corps members who apply is commended, however, more needs to be done to protect the lives of our youths. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that there should be a review of the NYSC Act to protect the interests of corps members not only in terms of their security but also its benefits and widely reported difficulties they pass through during their service year.

News Source: Punch News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

22 Comments

  1. NNENNE

    April 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Phew! At last.

  2. Gidi

    April 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Scrap the damned program.
    it has outlived its relevance.

  3. Sia

    April 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    They need to completely stop posting these people to the north or completely scrap this freaking NYSC. I’m tired of the useless government giving families 1million naira for the lose of their loved ones. Eradicate this NYSC.
    Anyway, I know businesses and the government are benefiting from it so I guess we would have to endure.

    • delma

      April 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      i totally agree with you Sia..

  4. Berry Choco-Latte

    April 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    That is UTTER CRAP! Why will you wait for the corp members to apply for relocation? If corpers are government property, then the government should do all that they can to ensure that the proper infrastructure is available to wherever corpers are posted – including security, sensible accommodation, transportation, etc. If security is an issue, round up the corp members and relocate them, not wait for them to feel that they’re in danger…

    *rolling eyes*

    http://ajebutternysc.blogspot.com

  5. christy

    April 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    It jst so easy 4 sum 2 jst sit at d comfort of deir home & said it shld be scrap.

    • EUCK

      April 16, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Ok. So pray tell…..what qualifies one to speak about if????!!!! I have been through it and I still think the nonsense should be scrapped! One of the main goals of the NYSC was for the unification of the ethnic groups especially after the civil war. We can see how much this is working. We are more divided than ever. Puhlease!

    • Gidi

      April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

      You want be to sit on the 3rd mainland bridge before i advocate its scrapping?
      I have been advocating the scrapping of that program for over 18 months in different fora. I have even gone a step ahead to recommend a community service scheme that can be implemented to replace this failed program. I have repeatedly called on Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi to do something proactive beyond these senseless and ineffective band aids he is applying to the failed program. What exactly is your point?

    • Gidi

      April 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

      You would sound more responsible if you stop all these text speak. Restrict such to facebook and twitter.

  6. iamfascinating

    April 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

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  7. cutie

    April 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

    This was a no brainer, I just wonder why it took them soooo long to act.

  8. Sia

    April 16, 2012 at 6:53 am

    It doesn’t take the government long to transfer stolen money to their foreign accounts or travel out of Nigeria for surgery or implement foolish laws for Homosexual union but it will take them a long time to make smart decisions for Nigeria.

    I love Nigeria but the country frustrates me. It is very painful to see so much potential yet our conditions seem to be getting worse.

  9. Myne Whitman

    April 16, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Good news!

  10. THE AMAKA

    April 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    This is sad. Where people cant move freely in their own country. The height of insecurity in Nigeria is just disgusting. Fixing many of the nations problems can at the same time employ so many of our youth. Its 2012 and one of the worlds largest oil producers is still operating like a country in the early 1900s. I’m tired for my people.

  11. LPS

    April 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

  12. glo

    April 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Good news

  13. Ndidi

    April 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    While they should work harder to ensure the safety and security of NYCers, they should NOT scrap the program. I say this as a proud NYCer who served my country outside of my ethnic area. During the time I was in Kano, there were maitasini riots. We survived. Kano survived and my fellow NYCers, especially the muslim ones looked out for me personally! The year I served was one of the best during my stay in Nigeria. I met fellow Nigerians from other parts of the country that I might not have been privileged to meet AND I put my years of education to the service of my country by assisting local areas that do not ordinary get the benefits afforded other more urban areas of the country. If the program is scrapped, who wins? BOKO HARAM and other fanatics like them that would rather see Nigeria descend into chaos, ultra-tribalism and intolerance. While we may not be the perfect country that so many have died for and so many still believe in, we are still one country. Rather than let these ignorant, medieval and socially retarded miscreants take us backwards, we should rally round our NYCers and the federal government and declare in one voice: You will not defeat Nigeria!

  14. faith

    April 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    i agree with ndidi…

  15. Etighi dancer

    April 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Well said Ndidi, you couldn’t have said it any better.. Still looking forward 2 serving my country soon.

  16. moses

    April 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Am a 2012 batch A corper serving in kano state,we applied 4 dat relocation/redeployment but they didnt aprove for us rather it was their tribal people that de aproved for.if som1 4rm katsina,kaduna,jigawa,borno can’t serve in kano,how can som1 4rm kogi & eastern part of d country wil feel confortable in such area?
    We ‘ve 2 back that yeye asurance of relocation with prayer if not is like policy without implimentation.a felow went 2 nysc sectariat (abj)seeking 4 redeployment 4rm kano but he was chased away so what are we saying?

    • uju

      July 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

      pls i want to know where one can apply for re-location,is it at Abuja,secondly,does it mean that the person would be posted to another camp or must he or she go to the camp for re-location.pls help me

  17. Sharon sule

    June 30, 2012 at 3:22 am

    My country wants me to die serving her, but My God forbids it. I will never serve in kano.

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