Enyioha Opara, Minna
The National Youth Service Corps, on Thursday, said it had withdrawn corps members posted to areas affected by bandit attacks in Niger State.
The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, said this while briefing newsmen after the swearing-in ceremony of new corps members at the orientation camp in Paiko.
Ajayi said, “We will not post corps members to these areas because we cannot afford to lose any of them.
“Our eyes are on the corps members for the whole year; we are their parents and guardians. We owe them protection until they finish their service year.
“We have recalled all our corps members from crisis areas and re-posted them; we will not send any corps member to areas where bandits have carried out attacks.
“We are aware that the state government and security agencies are on top of the situation. For now, we will not post any of them to these areas until there are confirmed reports that the places are safe.”
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, while declaring the camp open, assured the corps members of adequate security.
“It is true that the nation is facing some security challenges even though government at all levels is putting necessary modalities in place to prevent any breach of law and order. But, I can assure you that we enjoy relative peace here in Niger State,” he said.