By Tony Edike
DISTURBED by the increasing cases of corps members dying during their national assignment, Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. General Maharzu Tsiga has said that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure that corps members are protected any where they are serving in the country.
He insisted that corps members would not be posted to Plateau State and the crisis-ridden Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, where the people of Ezza and Ezillo have engaged themselves in a bitter war, until permanent solutions were found in the two states, where hundreds of lives had been lost.
Speaking during a party organised for the 2010 Batch A Corps members posted to Enugu State by the chairman of Awgu Local Government Area, Chief Uche Anioke at the council headquarters, the NYSC DG expressed worry over the rate at which corpers were killed during crisis in the areas of their primary assignment, vowing that with the measures already put in place, nothing of such would ever happen again.
He also directed NYSC Coordinators all over the federation to supply telephone numbers of State Security Service, SSS,Â Directors and Police Commissioners in their respective states to each corps member to enable them report any case of security threat observed in their places of national assignment, insisting that the NYSC was not ready to risk the life of any corps member.
â€œWe are not posting you somewhere for national assignment as punishment or to get you killed. Nothing will happen to any Corps member again,” he said.