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NYSC withdraws corps members from volatile areas in Kaduna State

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Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai PHOTO: TWITTER/GOVERNOR KADUNA

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has suspended posting members to troubled areas in Kaduna State.

The state coordinator, Dahunsi Mohammed, disclosed this at a workshop.

The theme of the workshop was: “Tackling emerging challenges in youth corps administration through greater NYSC/Stakeholders’ participation.

The places where the members were withdrawn from are Kasuwan Magani, Birnin-Gwari and other volatile communities.

He said the action became necessary to protect the lives and property of the corps members.
 
The coordinator explained that the body would not post corps members to such areas, until it is crystal clear that it is safe for them.

He said the suspension “would continue until normalcy returns to these areas and other places where we have social unrests.”

Mohammed lamented the rejection of corps members in places where they are deployed, adding that it was against the NYSC’s defined goals. 

He explained that corps members spend the larger part of their service year with their employers; hence it is necessary for them to be maximally utilized.

According to him, the rejection of members, underutilisation and evasion of service could lead to shortage of graduates in specialised areas as engineering, technology, medical sciences and Information Communications Technology.

“That could impair the country’s developmental agenda. What has obtained is a glut of graduates in the humanities and the arts, which, countries seeking technological development like Nigeria barely needs.

“The effect of this had been that there are too many graduates of arts and humanities chasing fewer placement for primary assignment, which has often led to rejection,” he said. 

He explained that if a serving medical doctor, engineer, teacher or other professionals finds himself in places where there are no facilities to work with, such corps member would be underutilized.

The NYSC Director General, Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure, who was represented by Hajia Aisha Mohammed said the body has the tradition of organising round table discussions with stakeholders, especially the employers.


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