The Nigeria House of Representatives has reportedly stopped the National Youth Service Corp from posting incoming corps members to restive areas in the north where an increasingly violent insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, the Daily Trust reported today.
Fresh graduates who were set to be enrolled in the mandatory service year in Nigeria were shocked to learn that they were being sent to areas like Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Kaduna and other flashpoint cities where the dreaded Boko Haram sect are known to attack.
The 2012 Batch B corps members besieged the NYSC HQ in Abuja on Monday, demanding that they be re-assigned to different states ahead of the three-week NYSC orientation, which takes place at camp grounds in one’s assigned state.
However, they were informed by a director with the NYSC mobilisation unit in Abuja to first go to their camp grounds and there seek for re-deployment. That order, given in a statement pasted on the wall at the Abuja secretariat, did nothing to assuage the fears, concern and anger of these potential corps members at being sent off into terrorist-prone areas.
Many took to social networking sites to vent their frustrations at the system. With the very new decision by the House of Representatives, it would seem their voices were heard.