Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 July 2012

Nigeria: Reps Want NYSC to Cancel Postings to Troubled States

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NYSC members.

The House of Representatives has called on the authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to cancel the posting of corps members to states that have security challenges.

It further requested the NYSC to re-post the corps members to relatively safe places until the security challenges were be resolved.

The house, which made the call in Abuja yesterday at its plenary, also asked the NYSC to follow this mode of operation until the security challenges were resolved.

The house further urged the NYSC to post only corps members, who chose to serve in crisis prone areas.

This resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Rep. Peter Edeh (ANPP-Ebonyi), which was adopted by the House when put to vote by the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha.

Leading debate on the merits of the motion, Edeh said that the recent posting of "Batch B" NYSC members to certain areas of the country had caused a lot of concern to the public.

However, Rep. Ahmed Kaita (CPC, Katsina) and Kaka Kyari Gujbawu (PDP, Borno) both opposed the motion arguing that such postings were in tandem with the philosophy of the NYSC scheme while Rep. Kaita maintained that the action would defeat the purpose of the scheme.

Also, Rep. Bitrus Kaze (PDP, Plateau) recalled the experiences of the post-election violence last year in which corps members were specifically targeted and killed must be avoided.

The House overwhelmingly voted to pass the motion.

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