Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has assured members of the National Youth Service Corps of adequate security irrespective of which state they are posted to for the one year mandatory service.
Recall corps members have been the target of attacks by terrorist and religious fundamentalist. In the aftermath of the 2011 general elections, corpers in Northern Nigeria were killed in hundreds.
The attacks left many Nigerian parents worrying over the welfare of their ward sent to troubled Nigerian states experiencing frequent attacks by Boko Haram Insurgents.
At the swearing-in ceremony of the 2014 Batch A set, The president assured corpers on Thursday at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede in his address which was read at the swearing in of the corps members deployed to Osun State.
Jonathan said, “On our part as government, we will do everything humanly possible to ensure your safety and welfare during this period of national assignment.”
Despite the killing of hundreds of people in Borno in the last one month by the Boko Haram sect, the National Youth Service Corps deployed 820 new corps members to the state.
While urging the corps members to be patriotic Nigerians, he advised them to seek to impact positively the lives of their host communities.
The president urged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by skill acquisition programmes available at various orientation camps.
He said his administration’s goal was to give opportunities to the youths and to empower them to set up small scale businesses.
The NYSC is a mandatory one-year scheme by the Nigerian government for all Nigerian university and polytechnic graduates below 30 years.