Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Federal Government Insist Corps Members Must Go To Troubled States
The Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir has declared that members of the National Youth Service Corps posted to troubled Nigerian states would not be redeployed, negating the earlier compromise granted affected corps by authorities of the NYSC.
The Minister who said this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, maintained that corps members would be posted to Borno, Yobe and other distressed states.
Continue to read the Minister's statement...Insensitive if you asked me
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-General Nnamdi Okore-Affia in a statement on July 5, had directed corps members posted to Yobe to proceed to Nasarawa State, while those scheduled to have their orientation in Borno were directed to Benue State.
This came on the heels of a resolution by the House of Representatives to halt the posting of corps members to troubled state.
The minister said: “Talking about the National Assembly’s resolution vis-a vis our position here. My position is that of the law.
“The fundamental thing is that the NYSC is a constitutional issue; the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is supreme.
“Of course, the NYSC initially was established through a military decree in 1973 because of its potential to the existence of Nigeria as a nation.
“And in pursuance of a deliberate policy to set up something that will always and continue to integrate Nigerians and bring about harmony amongst Nigerians, among other things, the framers of the 1979 Constitution deemed it fit to make the NYSC law part of the constitution.
” So if you are going to make any amendment to the NYSC or alter anything, you have to alter the constitution. That is the position.
“In that regard, posting of corps members to states, apart from their own, except in some special circumstances, is governed by the law and must be adhered to.”
What do you think about the Minister’s position, knowing well that these states are truly not safe.