The Director of Mobilisation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Anthony Ani, on Tuesday, allayed the fears of parents whose children have been deployed to various parts of the country for the compulsory service scheme.
Ani disclosed this during the Sunrise Daily programme on Channels Television.
He said, “I assure all parents and prospective youth corps members that the NYSC has taken adequate measures to ensure that these camps are well protected and their lives are also protected.
“There are four states where we don’t have orientation going on; these are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe, because of the security challenges that we are having in those parts of the nation.”
Ani said, “This is to ensure that we are in tune with what is happening,” adding that adequate security has been provided by all security agencies for all other camps across Nigeria.
However, he cleared the fears of most corps members deployed to various areas that have been under the torment of the Boko Haram terrorists disclosing that a new date had been set apart for them to undergo the orientation training in other peaceful areas. The camps will be in Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger States.
He said, “For those deployed to Borno, they will be having their orientation in Keffi (Nasarawa). For those deployed to Gombe, they will be in Niger, while for those who have been deployed to Adamawa, they are to have their orientation at Benue and those deployed to Yobe will be in Plateau.
“These special orientation will run from November 26 to December 15,” he said.
Meanwhile,he disclosed that the intending corps members posted to those states are allowed to apply for redeployment to other states after the orientation to other locations in the country, although “there is no cause for alarm” according to him, since “the NYSC is very alert to it’s responsibility”.
Ani further added that, “NYSC will be teaching the corps members Martial Arts and have invited security experts to speak to them on security tips around all the camps”, adding that “as part of our training, by the time the corps members finish their service, instead of roaming about the streets looking for paid jobs, we will now make them entrepreneurs; so we have introduced a skill acquisition programme”.
Meanwhile, every corps member is expected to choose a desired skil which they will be trained on during and after orientation.