By Ola Ajayi
Director General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier-General Marahazu Ismaila Tsiga said yesterday in Ibadan that the scheme would no longer post corpers to states where their security would not be guaranteed.
Already, he hinted that NYSC had started sanctioning some crisis-prone states by re-deploying corpers posted there to ensure the safety of such corpers.
The crisis-ridden states according to him are, Ebonyi, Delta and Plateau states. He said this when he paid a visit on the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana.
He did not hide the fact that the scheme is facing some challenging situation. He said, â€œthe scheme has been experiencing lapses in some states.â€ Such states are Ebonyi, Delta and Plateau states.
To ensure that lives of corpers posted to states are not endangered, he called on traditional rulers across the country to put in place good security network in all the councils in their domains.
He encouraged them to contribute to security, adding that security should not be left in the hands of few but should be a collective responsibility for national development, national integration and national unity.
He applauded the efforts of the Olubadan of Ibadanland and his high chiefs for being NYSC-friendly.
He was glad that Oyo State had been so conducive for corpers as the scheme had never recorded any casualty.
The NYSC boss disclosed that the sum of N250,000 would be made available for corpers so that they can be self-reliant.
The programme, he said, would be supported by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, National Directorate of Employment, NDE, and the Millennium Development Goals, MDG. He argued that if our corpers are kept busy, there would be peace in the country.