The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, announced on Friday that the passing out parade for the outgoing Batch C corps members who are expected to finish the one year compulsory program on Tuesday, October 4, has been cancelled.
Accoding to him, the directive was in compliance with the decision of the government to have a low-key independence celebrations, and also to ensure the security of all our corps members.
He said: “I heard that the Federal Government has directed that the celebrations of this year’s independence anniversary should be low-key. In line with that, our passing out will be low-key as there will not be any parade. As you are aware, some areas may not be conducive for passing out parade and, to ensure the safety of the corps members, we will keep to that low-key celebration.
“We do not have the authority to stop posting corps members to volatile areas but we try as much as possible to post them to areas that are not volatile. It was unfortunate that some of our members were killed during the post election violence that erupted but these are things no one could easily identify.”
The NYSC has also decided to set up distress call centers at the NYSC headquarters in an attempt to tackle insecurity. He said each corps member would be required to furnish the authorities with “functional GSM numbers and other relevant information” such that it would be easy to get to them whenever they need help.
He appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians and community leaders to protect corps members in their areas, as according to him, members of the scheme who could be easily identified by their uniforms should be encouraged in their services to their fatherland.