The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have bowed to pressure following protests by corps members who rejected their postings to some states in the North which they considered volatile.
This was coming barely 24 hours after the NYSC national secretariat in Abuja, in press statement, insisted that corps members must serve in troubled states ,their protests notwithstanding. The refusal by the corps members to proceed to the troubled states to carry out their one year primary assignment had attracted public outcry from parents, civil society groups, state Houses of Assembly and the House of Representatives among others.
Consequently, the authorities advised corps members deployed to in the states to report to the directorate headquarters in Abuja for possible redeployment. The authorities specifically directed corps members posted to Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kano and Kaduna states who have collected their call-up letters but were yet to report to orientation camp to report to the head quarters in Abuja for redeployment.
It has also directed corps members posted to Yobe and Borno states, to go to the NYSC orientation camp in Nasarawa State for the three-week orientation. A statement containing the new order signed by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Nnamdi Okorie-Affia and made available to Daily Sun reads. “This is to inform all prospective corps members deployed to Yobe and Borno States for the 2012 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Course to note the following: i) Yobe State prospective corps members will now hold their orientation course at the Nasarawa State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Keffi, Keffi LGA, and not as stated on their call-up letters. ii) Borno State prospective corps members will undertake their orientation programme at the Benue State NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Wanume, Tarka LGA, and not as stated on their call-up letters.