Leadership (Abuja)

28 November 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - 262 Corps Members Redeployed From Kaduna

Over 262 Batch 'C' corps members posted to Kaduna State have redeployed their postings to other states across the country.

Mixed reactions have however trailed their redeployment, as some of the corps members who were redeployed said they were doing so in view of the prevalent security challenges bedeviling the north including Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Ango, told newsmen shortly after the close of the 2012 batch 'C' orientation camp that most of those who were redeployed were on marital grounds.

"Some of them were wrongly posted to Kaduna State because ideally, they should be posted to the state where their husbands are resident," she said.

Mrs Ango said, contrary to the rumours being peddled around, "to the best of my knowledge none of the corps members sought redeployment on security grounds".

LEADERSHIP findings however revealed that most of those who redeployed did so for fear of insecurity in the north.

One of the corps member who spoke to LEADERSHIP pleading anonymity said, " I did not want to be redeployed initially even though I came with mixed feelings, but the last bombing in Jaji put so much fear in the heart of my parents and they asked me to redeploy immediately, which I have done and I am happy about it".

Another corps member holds a contrary view.

He said, "why should I redeploy? There is insecurity everywhere in this country, I will remain here and contribute to building lasting peace in the state".

Earlier in his address to officially close the batch 'C' orientation camp, Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa assured the serving corps members in the state of adequate security.

Represented by the State Commissioner for Special Duties and Poverty Alleviation, Pharmacist Patrick Maigeri, the governor assured the corps members that their " security will remain utmost priority of this government. All the security operatives have been directed to provide adequate security for all the corps members while on national service."

In his own address, the Chairman NYSC Governing Board Kaduna, Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Kaduna State, Nafizi Jibrin Muhammed represented by a Director from the Ministry, Alhaji Hassan Makarfi, charged the corps members to come up with innovative ideas that will not only ensure the achievement of the lofty objectives of the scheme, but to be more relevant to the people.

2,462 batch 'C' corps members passed through the orientation in Kaduna State.

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