Security is tight and corps members are safe in Bauchi – Spokesperson
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has commenced their Orientation Courses for 2013 Batch ‘C’ Corps Members.
The Orientation Courses which will take place simultaneously in the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT, will hold at the various NYSC State Orientation Camps from November 05, 2013 till November 26, 2013.
Successful Batch ‘C’ Corps members are expected to report at their various states of mobilization on or before November 6, 2013 as registration and admission into the Orientation Camps closes on the 7th of November 2013.
There has been concern from Nigerians about the safety of Corps Members posted to some troubled Northern States, especially Adamawa, Borno, Bauch and Yobe states. Some of the Batch ‘C’ Corp Members has also expressed fear as regards their security in these states.
However, as part of security measures to ensure the safety of Corps Members, authorities of the National Youth Service Corps has reported that 2013 NYSC Batch ‘C‘ Prospective Corps Members deployed to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States will have their orientation courses in Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi States NYSC Camps respectively.
A respondent, Eromosele Joshua, who said he was posted to Bauchi State in 2011 but was immediately redeployed following the post-election violence which claimed the lives of a number of Corps Members, stated his doubt on the safety measured in place in Bauchi State.
“In 2011, we went to hide in a police station and we were there for days; some unfortunate ones were brutally murdered. Our state Government made arrangements for us to be transported back to our various states. Those posted there should make sure they find out about the security situation in the state before they go there. Being alive is more important than the service because you must be alive to serve,” he said.
In a swift reaction, the spokesperson for the Bauchi State NYSC, Mrs Adamu, gave assurance of the safety of the Corps Members posted to the state.
Mrs. Adamu in a telephone conversation with our reporter said: “The security is tight here in Bauchi. The Government of the state has made provision for adequate security; all Corps members who have been mobilized to serve in Bauchi State should put their minds to rest, their safety is assured. I wish them all safe journey.”
However, efforts to reach officers of NYSC in Adamawa and Borno States were unsuccessful as the respondents refused to give any useful information to our reporters. The Spokesman for NYSC in Adamawa State who refused to give his name said “all prospective Corps Members should be present in the camp because registration will close soon”.