The highest policy-making organ of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) the national Governing Board led by Amb. Fatima Abubakar on Wednesday 27 July 2022 have appealed to the Nigerian Army to deploy more soldiers for the protection of NYSC Orientations Camps spread across the 36 states of the country and FCT due to the security challenges bedeviling the country.

Mrs. Abubakar made the appeal when the board paid courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at Army headquarters in Abuja.

She said, “Sir, as you are aware, the NYSC has Orientation Camps which houses a minimum of 1,500 Corps members in all the States of the Federation, and given the incidences of insecurity in the Country, we are concerned about the safety of the young men and women under our care.

“We are not unaware of the security situation in the Country and the many areas that require the attention of the Nigerian Army. However, we have come to you for more support, bearing in mind that the NYSC is the baby of the Nigerian Army.

“We therefore plead for additional personnel in all our Orientation camps across the Country. We will really appreciate your kind assistance in this regard sir”.

It would be recall that, the Nigerian Army established the NYSC which has grown to become the most outstanding Organization that continues to foster National Unity in the Country and since the establishment of the NYSC, the Nigerian Army has been one of the greatest supporters of the Scheme.

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Mrs. Abubakar commended the Army for the excellent officers deployed as representatives on the NYSC Board. “Since my appointment as Chairman of the Board, I have worked with intelligent Gentlemen who represent you on the Board, like Brigadier General Olokor, then Major General Sawyer and currently, we are very happy to have the very energetic, brilliant, and humble Brigadier General Bayode Adetoro. These gentlemen have helped the Board and the Scheme in no small measure in running the Scheme by bringing to bear, their expertise”, she noted.

She added that “the former Director-General of the NYSC, Major General Shu’aibu Ibrahim was also very exceptional. He was able to take the NYSC to greater heights due to the many innovations he introduced during his tenure and currently, the new Director-General, Brigadier General Muhammad Fadah, who took over barely 2 months ago. We are hoping that he will build on the achievements of his predecessor.

Responding, the Chief of Army Staff assured the national Governing Board of NYSC that the Army will continue to protect NYSC orientation camps and Youth Corps members as the Army has a big stake in the programme which was established in 1973.

The COAS said, “We Nigerian Army have always taken the security of Orientation Camps and NYSC activities seriously and we will continue to support and provide security.


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