In a significant development, the Federal Government has announced that it has ceased the posting of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to states deemed unsafe due to escalating security concerns across the nation.
Recent incidents involving the abduction of corps members in various parts of the country have heightened concerns about the safety of participants in the NYSC scheme, designed for fostering national integration.
Jamila Ibrahim Bio, the Minister of Youth Development, revealed this crucial information during an interview on Channels Television’s flagship current affairs program, ‘Sunday Politics,’ which was closely monitored in Abuja.
Here are the key highlights from the minister’s statements:
- Safety Measures Implemented: The government and the NYSC have taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of corps members by refraining from posting them to states considered unsafe.
- Collaborative Security Efforts: Ensuring the security of corps members involves collaboration with various government agencies and security outlets to safeguard their well-being.
- Transportation Strategies: Group transportation strategies are being devised to ensure the safe transit of corps members to and from camps and their respective destinations.
- NYSC Reform: The Federal Government is in the process of reforming the NYSC scheme to align with present national realities, particularly regarding remuneration and job market preparation for corps members.
Miss Bio emphasized the holistic funding of the NYSC and hinted at transforming the scheme into a revenue-generating agency, aiming to empower corps members for better integration into the job market.
This recent update underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing the safety and welfare of NYSC participants while adapting the scheme to meet contemporary challenges.
As the nation continues to grapple with security concerns, this decision represents a proactive step towards mitigating risks faced by corps members during their mandatory national service.
This article highlights the pivotal measures taken by the Federal Government to address the safety concerns surrounding NYSC postings and emphasizes its broader reform agenda aimed at improving the scheme’s effectiveness and relevance in today’s socio-economic landscape.
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