2 July 2012

Nigeria: Protests, Rejection Trail NYSC Postings

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NYSC members.

The current National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2012 Batch 'B' orientation course scheduled to open tomorrow is generating a lot of confusion and may witness a boycott in the troubled states across the country as most prospective corps members posted there have vowed not to go.

Also, many parents have refused to release their children, saying that they would rather miss the service than go to a state where there is bombing and killing every day.

LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that most corps members posted to the perceived troubled states are frantically visiting hospitals, looking for health certificates to present as reason for not going to such states.

A parent of one of the corps members posted to one of the north eastern states vowed that his ward would never go to the state. Another prospective corps member posted to a north western said she was confused at what to do since she had just been discharged from the hospital after operation, and scared of the insecurity in the state she was posted.

A parent who did not want his name in print said: "I will not allow my daughter to go to a state where bombing, killings are the order of the day. She can stay and waste one year rather than die."

Some scolded the NYSC for posting corps members to such troubled states at a time the security challenge is getting worse. Others believed that the management of the scheme was acting like an ostrich that hides its head in the sand while the whole body is outside.

"Why would NYSC post corps members to the troubled states in the country, a parent queried. "Can they send their own children there to serve?"

When LEADERSHIP contacted the director of press and public relations of the NYSC, Mrs. Bose Aderibegbeon, to ascertain the position of the organisation, she said parents that do not want to release their children can wait for the next batch as the scheme cannot force anyone to release their wards. She, however, said corps members jostling for redeployment must resume in the orientation camps to register on the ground that the scheme cannot redeploy unregistered corps members. Aderibegbe further assured parents of the safety of the NYSC camps.

She said: "We cannot force parents to release their children. If they are not releasing them, their children can wait for the next batch, but we can assure that there is not going to be a problem in our camps. And it is the right of those wanting to be redeployed, but they must first resume at the orientation camps for registration because we cannot redeploy unregistered corps members."

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