The National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, seems to have yielded to public pressure calling for the re-deployment of corps members posted to crisis zones in the northern part of Nigeria.
According to THISDAY, the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Jonson Bamidele Olawumi, on Wednesday said plans were under-way to initiate new laws that would empower corps members posted to crisis zones to seek immediate re-deployment.
It was further gathered that Gen. Olawumi disclosed this while commencing NYSC’s two-day pre-mobilisation workshop for Batch B corps in Enugu, saying that existing policies were being reviewed in order to expand the scope of areas of primary assignment for corps members.
The DG reportedly stated that the new policy would help to tackle the challenge of rejection of corps members by employers.
He noted that as a result of the security challenges in the country, corps members are now at liberty to seek re-deployment when posted to states under emergency rule in the northern part of the country.
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“The policy we are talking about in terms of review has to do with widening the scope. As you are aware, for now we are bound by the fact that we deploy corps members to only four key areas; talking about agriculture, education health and rural infrastructure development.
“But we are making a case to see if we can expand beyond these four key areas so that the problem we are having with what we are doing right now especially in terms of rejection of corps members we’ll be able to mitigate that. That is the key policy that we are trying to look into for a review. We are looking at areas like banking sector, the oil and gas industry, telecommunications and other sectors,” he added.
It could be recalled that a lot of Nigerian graduates have recently been calling for a halt in their posting to some states in the north-east synonymous to Boko Haram terror attack.