In the face of insecurity in Nigeria, it is important that corps members are guaranteed safety, to avoid falling prey to kidnappers.
Map of Nigeria (Wikipedia.org)
With corps members posted to various locations for their service, all in a bid to boost unity, measures should be put in place and enforced, to ensure these young people are safe.
If these young people are required to undergo the mandatory one year service to the fatherland, the least they deserve is security.
If the activities of kidnappers and bandits has gotten so serious that these young people are no longer safe to serve the country, then other alternatives should be considered.
It is the responsibility of the NYSC to protect corps members. They are to blame if things go otherwise.
The following can be done to checkmate this backdrop:
1. Corps members should be posted to regions where they can be safe. High-risk zones should not be considered.
2. Corps members should be restricted from unnecessary and unsanctioned travels. Those who default must be made to sign waivers on their security.
3. Corps members who MUST travel should be advised to do so WITHOUT the NYSC uniforms.
4. In the worst case scenario, that the NYSC can not guarantee the safety of the corps members, then the program should be suspended till further notice. So many have argued the program be scrapped as it appears to have outlived its usefulness.
If it has become a normal that kidnap and ransom is the order of the day, then those activities that expose young people, in this case, corps members should be curtailed to the barest minimum.
Insecurity is plaguing Nigeria quite alright, but no matter what, NYSC HAS A DUTY TO PROTECT CORPS MEMBERS.
stay safe, ECfranklin.
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