20 February 2012

Nigeria: FG Commends NYSC On Distress Call Centres

The Federal Government has commended the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on the initiation of the Distress Call Center to address the issue of security for corps members.

Speaking while commissioning the NYSC Distress Call Centre yesterday at the scheme's headquarters Abuja, Minister of Youth and Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said it was important to display higher and more innovative capacities in protecting corps members and restore public confidence.

According to him, the issue of insecurity is leading to pressure on the scheme to compromise posting policy which holds that corps members be posted to states other than their own.

Abdullahi said the initiative was in line with the ministry's mission of an IT-driven youth development agenda.

On his part, Director General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia, said the centre was established with the desire to create an IT-driven platform where corps members can communicate speedily with top management and get help whenever they are distressed.

He said the information has heightened the safety awareness among corps members and staff of the scheme.

The center has five stations working already. The features of the centre are calls, text messages and e-mail messages.

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