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Corps members can be mobilised for war - NYSC DG

Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said corps members are part of the national defense policy of Nigeria and can be mobilized for war if need be.

Ibrahim said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme yesterday while reacting to moves to scrap the NYSC scheme, which is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate before the age of 30.

The NYSC boss said, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.

“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”

He said the NYSC is concerned about the security of corps members and that is why they had been advised not to move around at night.

Ibrahim argued that the NYSC had become more important than ever in the face of the rising calls for secession.

The NYSC boss stated that he had advised corps members not to travel outside the state or the country without the permission of the state coordinator.

He added that corps members had been urged not to travel after 6:00pm and they are free to sleep at any corpers’ lodge while travelling.

Ibrahim said corps members had played a huge role in educating children in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.

The NYSC boss maintained that the insecurity in the country was not enough reason to scrap the scheme, adding that till date, 75 per cent of corps members are still serving in rural areas across the country. Theguardianng

NYSC pays N1m to families of slain Corps members

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has paid N1 million to the families of Oluwatobiloba Popoola and George Onakpoma, Corps members killed at their place of primary assignment in Bayelsa State.

The Corps members were killed on March 20, at Victory International School, Yenagoa.
This newspaper also reported how the families of the victims expressed their displeasure over the silence of the police and NYSC on the investigation into the attack.

After Premium Times report, the Bayelsa police announced the arrest of a suspected killer of the corps members.

The NYSC also told Premium Times about plans to compensate the families of the victims.
Also, the only survivor of the attack, Gbenga Dada, who was earlier denied his allowances while in hospital, got paid.

Jacob Popoola, the next of kin of Oluwatobiloba, told our correspondent that he got “insurance benefit on behalf of Popoola’s family at NYSC office in Oyo State.

“At about 1:30 p.m. today, I got the insurance benefit from NYSC with respect to the death of our son. We got a cheque of N1 million and I must thank Premium Times for consistent reports on this issue.”

“Popoola’s family is happy with the impact we got from good practice of journalism. We hope that by the time the police are done with the investigation of the attack that led to the death of our son, we will be briefed,” he said.

Mr. Onakpoma’ brother, Honest Akpos, also said that the scheme” just reached out to them”.
“My sister who is a next of kin to the deceased just told me that she was called from NYSC office in Warri for the compensation. But she could not go today. She will be there to receive the necessary on Monday.” (Independent)


FG, governors to recruit N-Power cadets, Corps members for community policing

The Federal Government and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, have proposed to recruit N-Power cadets whose two-year service will soon come to an end or youth corps members or any of the other institutions to boost the manpower of the Nigerian Police Force.

Meantime, President Muhammmadu Buhari has directed governors and security chiefs to work out detailed modalities for the suggested takeoff date so that it can be draft into a plan of action. Briefing State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa Abuja, Chairman of NGF, and Ekiti state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said both parties felt the recruitment of 10,000 policemen to tackle the dearth of security agents in the country was inadequate.

Fayemi, said he briefed the President on the outcome of the security committee of the National Economic Council which he chairs, adding that the committee reviewed concerns, issues around security and the proposed reactions on those.

He said, “This was a meeting that had in its membership the governors from the six zones, the Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff and the National Security Adviser.

“It was the outcome of the last Economic Council meeting which focused exclusively on security. That committee has just met a couple of days ago and I was asked to brief both the Vice President who chairs the National Economic Council and to brief the President as well on the aspect of the work of the sub-committee of NEC that will require the Commander-in-Chief’s support.

“Namely, the organisation of the community policing arrangement that the IGP has announced publicly as his own way of effective response to security challenges across the board.

“The coordination between governors and security chiefs within the six zones and then recruitment into the law enforcement agencies. As you maybe aware, certain recruitments are going on now particularly with regard to the police.

“But, we feel in our humble opinion that 10,000 men and women are not enough to add to the police in tackling the dearth of security agents in the country. That we will have to figure out a way to increase that number either out of the NPower cadets who are coming to the end of their service year having spent two years or youth service corps members or any of the other institutions that will enable us to boost the manpower of the Nigeria Police Force.”

On the President’s response, Fayemi said: “He commended the National Economic Council (NEC) for paying special attention to security and he also urged the NEC committee to work with the security chiefs who have already briefed him during the security meeting on Thursday.

“Mr. President also said that jointly we should workout the detailed modalities for the suggested date so that can be draft into a plan of action.” (Vanguard)

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