Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi says the Corps has since suspended the posting of youth corps members to the North-East states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, and anyone who wants to be posted or is serving in any of those states is on his or her own.
Brigadier Olawumi, who stated this at the annual management conference of the NYSC taking place in Calabar stated that insecurity in the North East region has claimed the lives of many Corps members in the region making it inadvisable for young people to be posted there while insecurity persists.
The NYSCC D-G stated that the annual Management Conference is an opportunity for top management and staff of the scheme to take stock and appraise critical operations of the scheme, taking into cognizance its mandate and service charter.
He said the theme for this year’s conference: “Evolving dynamic operational strategies to tackle present challenges in the NYSC”, is in tune with current security realities in the country and it is with the view to improving on the service delivery of the Corps.
He said the Board is planning a review of the Corps Insurance policy scheme with a view to making it more sensitive and responsive in the delivery of services to corps members.
The Cross River State governor, Mr. Liyel Imoke, in his speech said the state was the highest employer of serving corps members in the country because of its believe in rewarding dedicated and loyal corps members.
Imoke, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Efiok Cobham said the NYSC which is forty one years should go beyond its original concept of national integration and make evolve strategies which will make the National Youth Service Corps more beneficial to the people and communities where they are servicing.
He praised the National Youth Service Corps skill, acquisition programme which he said will meet the needs of current challenges of unemployment in the country and assured the scheme of the continued support and partnership of the state government.