The National Youth Service Corps has taken measures to protect the lives of corps members by withdrawing those posted to areas affected by bandit attacks in Niger State.
While briefing newsmen after the swearing-in ceremony of new corps members at the orientation camp in Paiko on Thursday, the state Coordinator of the NYSC, Funmilayo Ajayi, said all affected corps members have been redeployed to other states with lesser security risks.
“We will not post corps members to these areas because we cannot afford to lose any of them”, she said.
“Our eyes are on the corps members for the whole year; we are their parents and guardians. We owe them protection until they finish their service year.
“We have recalled all our corps members from crisis areas and re-posted them; we will not send any corps member to areas where bandits have carried out attacks.
“We are aware that the state government and security agencies are on top of the situation. For now, we will not post any of them to these areas until there are confirmed reports that the places are safe.”
Meanwhile, Governor of Niger State Abubakar Bello, assured the corps members that they are safe within his state, and that those who chose to stay will “enjoy relative peace in Niger State.”