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By Chioma Okwu

After so many recorded and possibly unknown tragic deaths with little or no attention given to it by the government, NYSC decides in its own convenient time to speak about safety of corps members.

According to the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has said that in order to ensure the general safety of  corps members, they (the corps members) would not perform ad-hoc duties in volatile regions.

Kazaure made this 'assurance' during a working visit to the NYSC 2018 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun on Tuesday.

According to him, it has become imperative to protect the lives of corps members . It seems like he is only just noticing the tragic incidents that has been happening during the one year youth service. It has suddenly become a major priority to protect this youth corpers from danger.

He further stated corps members have become easy targets to insurgents and disgruntled persons.

We should all note that these dreadful incidents on corps members has been going on long enough. Let's spare him as he only just awoke from a deep sleep.

The NYSC boss said the scheme was already working in tandem with various security agencies to ensure peaceful proceedings at the election exercise across the nation.

He further advised corps members to curtail illegal movements outside their areas of primary assignments, saying accidents accounted for most cases of deaths involving corps members.

They are all just waking up and walking into the crisis that has haunted corps members and the rest of Nigeria for years.

He went ahead to tell us that the scheme has always been evolving strategies to ensure adequate security for its members and urged corps members to also be cooperative to ensure efficiency of interventions.

“I have told them that they must always be security conscious and mindful of happenings in their environments.

“Your safety starts firstly by respecting the traditions of your host communities and being at peace with the people for which you’ve been called to serve.

“Then you must always look out for one another and try to always move in groups. Unnecessary travelling should also be curtailed as this is not ideal of the NYSC scheme.

“At the elections, they must refrain from being partisan. As ad-hoc INEC staff, they must be neutral always and shun material or financial inducements from politicians for their own good and safety.

“I want to also state it here that no corps member will be used as ad-hoc staff in the volatile regions during the elections as their safety is of paramount concern to the scheme,” the director-general said.

Kazaure, who had earlier given cash rewards to the various performing groups of corps members who welcomed him, said he was most impressed by the attitude of the corps members. Cash rewards!

“This is one camp I like visiting based on their template for excellence in all activities. For one, they have the best band in the nation and I’m always highly impressed, ‘’ Kazaure said.

The highlights of the director-general’s visit was inspection of camp facilities, during which the director-general expressed delight at the level of medical intervention for corps members and the level of sanitation at the orientation camp.

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