- As Oyo moves to stop attacks on NYSC members in Ibadan LG
From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin, Gyang Bere, Jos and Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday charged National Youth Service Corps members serving in the state to be involved in the fight against economic crimes, human and drug trafficking and other vices through enlightenment programmes .
The governor, represented by his deputy, Hon. Philip Shuaibu, gave the charge at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2017 batch “A”stream II Orientation Course at the Temporary Orientation Camp Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state, where the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Abdullahi Yusuf Baba, presented the 1,920 corps members to the governor, and appealed for urgent completion of the NYSC Orientation Camp in Okada to eliminate challenges faced by participants.
This is even as the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, said the inability of government to resuscitate moribund industries, provide job opportunities for youths has frustrated thousands of corps members in the country.
Lalong, who spoke yesterday during the swearing-in ceremony of 2,100 2017 Batch ‘A’ stream II corps members deployed to Plateau State at the Permanent Orientation Camp, in Mangu Local Government area of the state, said: “The collapse of industries and the eventual over bearing pressures to grab public jobs has put the nation in a sorry state. Thousand of corps members who graduated from higher institutions of learning get frustrated daily as they search for non-existence jobs.
The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports, James Dalyop, begged the corps members not to be intimidated by the competing challenges of unemployment confronting the nation, but urged them to take advantage of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) clinic which was launched in Jos by the Acting President to access soft loans to initiate new businesses after their service year, instead of roaming the streets.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses, urged the governor to beef up security for protection of corps members serving in the state.
Meanwhile, Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, and security agencies in the state have stopped the blacklisting of Ibadan South East Local Government from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme over incessant attacks on corps members deployed there by hoodlums.
Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state, Mr. Abayomi Oke, and NYSC Oyo State Coordinator, Mrs. Ifeoma Anidobi, confirmed this to Saturday Sun after the official opening and swearing-in of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream II corps members deployed to the state at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ogbakuta, Iseyin.
It was learnt that hoodlums have on many occasions attacked and robbed corps members posted to the council area in their lodges.
Oke, who is the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board in the state and who represented Governor Ajimobi on the occasion, said government had set up an inter-governmental committee on the development, adding that the situation had been put under control.