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NYSC:Government Should Focus On Security And Employment

Some NYSC members of the 2010 Batch C who passed out on Tuesday, have urged the federal government to provide measures to tackle the spate of insecurity in the country and create jobs for the youth.

Some of them who spoke in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, said no meaningful development could take place without adequate security and job creation for the youth.

“I am through with my one year service today without any hope of getting a job. I want to appeal to federal government to open up job creation for the youth.

“I also want to plead with the government to use all the available resources to tackle the issue of security in the country.

“We are supposed to have our passing out parade at the state capital but due to insecurity in the country, it was cancelled,” Ndidiumaka Onuorah, said.

In her view, Aminat Olasupo appealed to both the state and federal government to make employment automatic for corps members.

Olasupo said unemployment was one of the factors responsible for drug trafficking and prostitution among the youths in the country.

Over 300 corps members serving in Ijebu zone participated at a low-key ceremony at the Ijebu-Ode secretariat instead of Abeokuta. The cancellation of the usual elaborate parade was announced by the new director general of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okorie-Affia.

In Yobe, the NYSC said it would soon set up a special committee to encourage members to execute water supply projects in communities as part of their community development service.

The state coordinator, Victoria Ango, announced this while commissioning water supply projects executed by Aishat Suleiman, an NYSC member at Nainawa Quarters in Damaturu.

She said that the action was necessary considering the perennial water scarcity faced by many communities in the state especially in rural areas.

Mrs Ango said consultations had already begun with some zonal officers on the issue. She said the organisation had observed that some corps members had developed interest in executing water supply project as their community service.

“As such, we must encourage them to do it in order to assist government.” She described the construction of the hand pumps and rehabilitated water schemes as the best water supply project ever executed in the state. She therefore urged the community to maintain and use them carefully.

Earlier, Miss Suleiman said the two projects were done out of sympathy, to assist the community which had no access to potable water.

Meanwhile some of the outgoing 2011 batch C members in Benue also spoke on the challenges of their one year mandatory service, saying accommodation was the biggest of them.

Azeez Kazeem, who served in Kwande local government area, said he faced some challenges on accommodation that was offered to him by the community.

Kazeem said his room was a “rodent camp”, adding that he had to cope with rats all through the night. He further said his stay in the village compelled him to learn how to cope with life challenges.

Wilfred Azubuike, who served in Gboko, said the challenges were enormous “but as God wanted it, He was able to surmount all of them.” Mr Azubuike said service to his fatherland gave him the opportunity to learn more about the Benue people, especially the Tiv.

Juliana Adekunle and Obi Okafor thanked God Almighty for making it possible for them to complete the service.

Veronica Nwankwo also urged prospective corps members not to reject postings from NYSC, adding that they should allow the will of God to prevail in all their endeavours.

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