Batch ‘B’ members of the National Youth Service Corps staged a protest, at the Zang Commercial Secondary School, venue of the orientation programme, on Saturday, asking that they be redeployed from the state.
The corps members took advantage of the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi. Okere-Affia’s visit to the camp to complain that the directive that they be redeployed because of the crisis in the state was not heeded.
Okere-Affia, while addressing the corps members said, “I have directed that redeployment letters be given at the end of the orientation programme to those who want to go. However, for those that want to stay, we are liaising with the state government to ensure that they are not posted to restive areas.”
The DG advised the coordinator to expedite action on the order so that they could be released as soon as the camping programme was over.
The National Assembly had last week kicked against the posting of NYSC corps members to the North. The Chairman, Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King stated that the House had told the DG to withdraw corps members posted to the North.
According to him, the safety of lives and property cannot be guaranteed in that region of the country. He stated that the North had been plagued by violence and that the government would resist posting of any corps member there.
This came after graduates of Lagos State University, surrounded the state assembly with placards that read, “LASU says no to posting to the North, and ‘No service in Boko Haram states.”