Over 276 members of the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) evacuated from the Northern part of the country by the Lagos state government in the wake of post presidential election violence that claimed the lives of some of their colleagues have vowed never to return to the region to complete their service.
This was revealed yesterday by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kassali, at the ongoing ministerial press briefing in Alausa.
He said the corps member have resolved that nothing will make them to return to complete their service year in the northern part of the country, adding that their parents have also written series of petition to the government demanding immediate redeployment of their children to the South.
He said the government is staying neutral on the ongoing debate at the National Assembly on whether or not to scrap the scheme.
According to him, “the NYSC being a central creation, Lagos as a federating unit, will not take a position regarding what should be done to the scheme in the light of the recent post-presidential election violence in which scores of corps members were gruesomely murdered in northern Nigeria.”
He said what to be done remained the decision of the Federal Government and specifically, the national assembly and to some extent, state houses of assembly since the NYSC is a creation of the Act of the National Assembly.
Kasali explained that whenever it becomes necessary to intervene where the lives of the corps members are in danger, the government would do so.
Source : thenationonlineng.net