The Minister of Youths, Jamila Ibrahim, says the federal government has stopped posting members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to unsafe states.
Speaking while reacting to the abduction of some corps members during their one-year mandatory national service, Ms Ibrahim said the scheme had taken steps to prevent such incidents in future.
The minister who disclosed this during an interview with Channels TV on Sunday, said: “As an immediate intervention of the government and the NYSC as an agency, we have actually stopped posting corps members to the very unsafe states.
“We have been doing it. We have been doing it in the past. There are states we have not been posting corps members to to ensure their safety,” she added.
According to her, the security of corps members requires collaboration with other government agencies.
“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,” Ms Ibrahim said.
The minister added that the Federal Government was working on reforming the NYSC scheme to reflect the present realities of the nation, particularly in the area of their allowance.
She said: “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 actually transform the NYSC into a revenue-generating agency and prepare corps members for the job market,” she added.
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