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‘Why we have stopped posting corp members to Warri South West, Udu councils’


The Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Delta State has stopped posting of corps members to Udu and Warri South West Councils of the state following deepening communal crisis in the two councils.

The two councils have been enmeshed in communal crisis, making them unsafe for new or serving corps members, pending when the security situation improves. The state NYSC Coordinator Mr. Omotade Ayodele Benjamin, who spoke to journalists during the closing ceremony of the 2017 Batch “B,” Stream 1 orientation course for the corps members at Issele-Uku on behalf of the Board, said following unhealthy security reports and for the safety of corps members, the Board had suspended service in the two councils.

He said as part of efforts to whittle down the spate of rejection and underutilisation of corps members, the NYSC authorities, in collaboration with the Board, have suspended posting of corps members to the areas, while only 10 female married corps members who made passionate appeal to be united with their families were considered, in line with the NYSC policy.

He stated: “I, therefore, appeal to host communities in Warri South West and Udu Councils to give peace a chance, so that the younger ones in schools in the areas who are our greater tomorrows can continue to enjoy the services of corps members deployed to Delta State.

He thanked the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Festus Ovie Agas, host communities and their leaders for supporting corps members in their domain, just as he called on the corps members to be focused and dedicated to their national services.

In his remark, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Jude, Senebe, assured the corps members of the government’s commitment to the continued supports of the scheme’s activities, including providing welfare and rewarding corps members for their outstanding performances during the course of their service year.

He disclosed that education, being a critical sector, needs the services of corps members to mentor the young ones in the various schools and enjoined them to avoid soliciting for rejection and lobbying for reposting to urban areas.

The governor charged the people across the state to receive corps members in their domain with open heads and make their one year national service memorable by providing comfort for them and assisting them to settle down to contribute their quota to the development of the state.

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