The Governor of Borno State, Kassim Shettima has appealed to the Youth minister to deploy more NYSC corpers to Borno State and has assured that arrangements were in place to guarantee their security from the Boko Haram insurgence throughout the duration of their service.
Making the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Bolaji Abduallahi, in Abuja yesterday, the governor argued that no corps member was killed throughout the duration of the Muslim sect’s occupation of the state.“I feel highly honoured to pay this courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Youths Development. I came specifically for three reasons, especially regarding the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, which fell under the honourable minister.
“Yes, we are passing through some security challenges, especially in the North-east part of the country. I’m talking about the Boko Haram insurgence. However, I want to assure the honourable minister and the management staff of the ministry that the war is over. “It took ethnic dimension but I want to announce that we have survived the criminal occupation of Borno State by this insurgence after seven years, seven months and seven days. I believe this time around that the war is over. We are on the part of peace and progress,” he assured.
Continuing, Governor Shettima further noted: “It is on record that no corps member in Borno was killed throughout the duration of the occupation.“I’m also aware that parents were understandably apprehensive about posting their sons and daughters to serve in Borno and other parts of the North-east, but I want to assure the honourable minister that we are clearly on top of the situation. We have made all necessary arrangements to protect the lives of both visitors and indigenes of the state.” Reacting, the minister promised to do everything within the ministry’s powers to reappraise the scheme, commending the governor for the efforts he had put to arrest the situation.
“You are the first governor from the North of Nigeria. I know the security challenge you are facing, I want to commend the efforts, and the Federal government and your State were making to arrest the Boko Haram insurgence. We are glad that the situation is getting better by the day. You know that government is very dynamic, we will continue to explore the situation and options. I can assure you his Excellency that we would continue to reappraise our position in line with the current security challenges.
“The NYSC is specifically created to promote national integration. 38 years after, the scheme has remained the vehicle for the promotion of national integration. I served in Sokoto and that was my first time of visiting that State.
“One of the things that the vendors of violence would want to achieve is to create a situation where we can no longer see ourselves as one country. It would be a victory to them to see a situation where we can no longer post corps members freely to some parts of the country. I can assure you that we would do everything we could to ensure that they did not succeed. We are going to sit down and review the whole scheme,” he noted.
Source: Sun Newspapers