29 November 2012

Nigeria: Corps Members Face Rejection in Nasarawa

Lafia — National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to Nasarawa State are having it tough in their bid to secure places of primary assignment, as places of work are already facing pressures from huge numbers of corps members.

A total of 2,180 corps members completed their mandatory orientation on Tuesday, and by yesterday, scores of them were seen at streets corners and few available places, seeking acceptance to do their primary assignment.

Daily Trust spoke to many, who complained that there are no places to do their service in the state. "We have been rejected at various places. We have gone to not less than five places today alone. But none has accepted us", said a group of male and female corps members numbering eight, who spoke to Daily Trust along Jos Road.

Another group of female corps members argued among themselves about where next to head to, it was gathered. "We are stranded in this town. Nobody is accepting us. They say their places are full already", said one of them who volunteered information to Daily Trust.

At the Government College, Lafia, Daily Trust observed that not less than 20 youth corps members poured in the morning, and followed up to make inquiries. Some of them expressed disappointment that they were not lucky as the school is already facing growing pressure from a large number of corps members.

They said they were told by the school management that not less than 40 showed up for spaces available for only four persons. "So we are not lucky. They are taking only four out of about 40 persons", one of them said.

Daily Trust spoke to the principal, Mr. Musa Oyeka, who confirmed that not less than 40 corps members showed up by yesterday alone. "But we are accepting only five or six of them. We don't have space for more than that", he said.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry of education, Zainab Abdulmumuni, confirmed the pressure on schools, but told Daily Trust that "it is a federal government policy, and there is nothing we can do about it."

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