Following the insecurity in Borno State as a result of the activities of Boko Haram members, only 140 out of the 1,254 Batch “B” National Youth Service Corps members posted to the state for their one year mandatory service will remain in the state
It will be recalled that when the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Maharazu Tsiga visited the state sometime ago, he directed all corps members who were not indigenes of the state to apply for relocation out of the state which would be automatically approved, as the security situation posed a great danger to their lives.
The state Coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Nuhu Kwaghe told newsmen, Tuesday, after the successful passing out parade which marked the end of the three weeks orientation course of the 2011 Batch B corps members recently deployed to Maiduguri , the state capital that all those who had applied for relocation have been approved and most of them would be posted to Yobe, Adamawa, Kaduna , Cross Rivers , Abia among other states.
He added that NYSC has also approved the sum of over N4 million which would be used to convey all the Corps members to wherever they were posted to. He stressed that adequate security has however been provided for all those who had earlier expressed their desire to stay back in Maiduguri and serve the state
“I sympathised with Borno state government, because most of these corps members are relocating out of the state, had it been that the state is safe, they should have remained and they would have greatly contributed to the educational and socio-economic development of the state, as most of them would be posted to rural areas and public schools”, he lamented.
Reacting to the development, the Director of Press to Governor Kashim Shettima, Alhaji Zanna Usman Ciroma expressed worry over the relocation of corps members out of the state, adding that, Borno with all its hospitality to serving corps members would not benefit from the immense contributions of corps members who recently concluded their orientation course in the state.
Ciroma noted with sadness that some of these corps members are trained medical doctors and nurses whose services are needed in most of the health institutions built and equipped by the state government.
He stated that despite the assurance from government to ensure security of lives and property of corps members, some of them still felt insecure, even as he said normalcy has returned to the state, and called on the corps members to feel free, as government is doing everything possible to enhance their welfare package in the state.