Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC),
has reassured that security of corps members will always be a top priority of the scheme and the Federal Government.
Ibrahim gave the assurance in an interview during the Nigeria News Agency Forum on Thursday in Abuja.
The NYSC boss, who said that officials of the scheme always sensitised corps members on security steps to take whenever the need arose, added that
“there is insurance cover for corps members too; The scheme enjoys good cover in terms of security by security agencies like
the military, the police and civil defence.
“I am sure that you observe that during NYSC orientation, we are all partners. The agencies ensure that our corps members are safe, and
where there are challenges, we do not post our corps members there. We get security reports immediately and our corps members are taken away from there.
“We also give security lectures to guide members when there are issues.
“I have also gone to the orientation camps in 36 states of the federation and the FCT
to sensitise corps members not to endanger their lives but take their security seriously.”
He emphasised that security agencies were up and doing, noting that “I can assure you, if you go to any military barracks, most of the quarters
are occupied by corps members.
“The moment any of the security agencies hears anything affecting corps members, they act swiftly.”
He recalled that the Nigerian Army, through the GOC 21 Div., recently rescued seven corps members in a vehicle that was going to
The director general, therefore, advised members to be conscious of their movements and not to be found at “the wrong place at the wrong time.’’
He warned them against unauthorised journeys during their period of service, saying “most of the deaths that occur during the service
year are as a result of road accidents. These are the challenges, not in the area of security.
“I always warn corps members against unauthorised journeys and ask that they get permit before travelling.”
He said “it is only the director general that can permit NYSC member to travel outside the country, but
for journeys within the country, state coordinators can approve it.
“If any corps member embarks on a journey without approval, he or she will be sanctioned accordingly.”
The director general said that the scheme also considered the health of corps members as top priority.
He said that corps members on electoral duties also enjoyed varied degrees of insurance, including health insurance.
He announced that the leadership of the scheme was slated to meet National Health Insurance Scheme
on Oct. 4 on the health of NYSC members.
He added that “corps members have insurance cover for electoral duties, and we also pay for their medical expenses.
“The welfare of members is particularly paramount to me,’’ he emphasised. (NAN)
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
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