The federal government has said that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has halted posting corps members to states described as “very unsafe.”
Nigerians have been worried after several corps members were abducted in various regions of the country during their one-year mandatory national service.
Jamila Ibrahim, the Minister of Youth, answering a question on the issue on Channels Television’s current affairs show ‘Sunday Politics’, stated that the programme has taken safety precautions by posting NYSC members solely to safe states.
She said, “As an immediate intervention of the government and the NYSC as an agency, we have stopped posting corps members to the very unsafe states.
“We have been doing it in the past. There are states we have not been posting corps members to to ensure their safety.”
She said both her ministry and NYSC work with security agencies to ensure the safety of corp members across the country.
“When it comes to security matters, it is a multi-sectoral approach. So, it is not the NYSC alone and the ministry that is involved. We are working with security outlets to ensure corps members are safe.
“We are also working on group transportation strategies for them to ensure that they are transported to and from camps safely and to their destinations”, Ibrahim said.
The minister also said they plan to transform the programme into a money-generating one.
She added: “When it comes to remuneration, we are looking at the holistic funding of the NYSC. You are all aware that we have announced a reform of the NYSC scheme itself. We want the scheme to go beyond being a social programme of the government.
“The reforms will transform the NYSC into a revenue-generating agency and prepare corps members for the job market.”