NYSC Has Taken Adequate Measures To Protect Corps Members – Anthony Ani

Anthony_AniThe 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.

“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”, he said on Sunrise Daily.

He, however, noted that the corps members who have been deployed to those areas are going to have their orientation at a later date outside those areas. “This is to ensure that we are in tune with what is happening,” he said, adding that security has been provided by all security agencies for all other camps across the country.

He added that those deployed to the security challenged areas would have their camps outside the states where they do not have security challenges. The camps will be in Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger States.

“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.

Mr Ani further noted that corps members posted to those states have the choice to seek redeployment after the orientation to other locations in the country, although he maintained that “there is no cause for alarm” and that “the NYSC is very alert to it’s responsibility”.

He also said that the “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”.

He said every corps member is asked to choose a skill and during the orientation is exposed to this skill and the training continues after the orientation.

NYSC Says Online Registration Is To Reduce Cost, Risk For Corp Members

NYSCThe Director of Mobilization, for the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, Mr Anthony Ani, believes that the decision of the NYSC to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members had been misinterpreted.

Mr Ani was a guest on Channels Television’s youth conversation programme, Rubbin Minds on Sunday.

He explained that the need to reduce the stress and risk of making prospective corp members travel to their schools to collect their call-up letters informed the introduction of the digital process of registration.

Taking show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, through the old process of mobilization, Mr Ani explained that the new online system would totally eradicate the process whereby graduates have had to go back to their schools to collect call-up letters and also get to the orientation camp to continue another process of registration.

He debunked the view that the 4,000 Naira fee being charged the corpers is for the call-up letters or that they were being charged to serve their country.

The online mobilization fee of 4,000 naira, according to him “is for the entire hardware and software that has been provided” explaining that the NYSC had gone into a public-private partnership agreement to achieve the new system and the entire project went through due process.

He, however, explained that for those who still consider the N4,000 to be a rip-off, they would still have the old system in place, whereby they can choose to travel back to their schools to pick up call-up letters and also get to the orientation camps to continue the usually long process of signing different documents.

He added that those who find the new online system that enables them register and fill all the forms via the web and have their call-up letters downloaded in the comfort of their homes before travel directly to their camps without hassles can embrace the new system.

Reminding the prospective corp members that Government has never been responsible for their transport fare back to school and the cost of other activities involved in their old mobilisation processes, he stated that the fee of 4,000 for the service provided in the online platform should be seen as a dynamic innovation by the “proactive” NYSC management.

He revealed that while some have been of the view that they were being ripped off, more than 8,000 incoming corpers for the 2014 Batch C have already gone on the online platform with a little over 4,000 of them having already paid the fee of 4,000 Naira.

On the core values of the National Youth Service Corp, he said that it would remain social service rather the clamour for a militarised Youth Service, as he believes that the level of insecurity and the proliferation of small arms in the country makes exposing young people to military activities a risky venture.

He also decried the kinds of jobs given to corp members when posted to different organisations. He urged corporate organisations and public institutions to realise that the corpers are graduates who should be given challenging jobs and not “turned into tea boys”.