30 November 2012

Nigeria: Frustration As Schools Reject NYSC Members

Akure — Four days after they were discharged from the orientation camp, scores of Batch 'C' corps members deployed to the Ondo State for the one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are still roaming the streets of major towns in the state following their rejection in their various places of primary assignments.

THISDAY checks revealed that in line with the directive from the NYSC headquarters, the corps members were posted to public and private schools across the state.

The strict compliance with the directive led to congestion in schools leading to rejection of scores of them as corps members in batches 'A' and 'B' earlier posted to the state are still serving in most of these schools.

The situation was worsened by lack of accommodation for many of these corps members because it was expected that they would be given accommodation where they were posted and also get stipend from the schools' authorities.

Many of the corps members in Akure were sighted in some public places with their luggage on Wednesday evening ostensibly because they could not get accommodation.

The Public Relations Officer of the NYSC in the state, Mrs. Christy Olatoye, said the body was aware of the pains and sufferings of the corps members, saying that the NYSC posted them to schools in compliance with the directive from the national secretariat.

"We were directed not to post corps members to ministries, agencies or departments of government. Hence the only alternative is for us to send them to schools."

Olatoye said the body would not consider letter from any government agencies or private companies unless those stated by the NYSC.

"Corps members who read law could only be posted to the Ministry of Justice while the medical doctors among them could also be posted to the Ministry of Health.

"We could also consider those who read agriculture for posting to the Ministry of Agriculture while those who read Architecture could also be considered for posting to the Ministry of Works, Lands or Physical Development," she said.

Olatoye therefore urged the rejected corps members to report to the secretariat for possible assistance.

She also advised management of schools where the corps members were posted not to reject them in the interest of the young Nigerians.

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