The Director General the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, yesterday ordered state coordinators to enforce relevant extant rules on the movement of Corps members on inter and intra-state and local government boundaries.
The action, it was learnt, is part of measures to stem rising cases of deaths through road accidents and exposure to banditry and other violent attacks among corps members.
Ibrahim, who gave the directive while addressing recuperating corps members who were quartered at St. Martin’s De Pors Catholic Church, Katsina, said he visited the victims to see things for himself and to condole with the bereaved.
The NYSC chief urged the corps members to always get clearance from their state coordinators each time they want to travel, especially whenever they intend to leave their local government areas or travelling outside the states of their primary assignments. He said: “There is need for us to streamline where you go and where not to go. All of us should be very careful.
“If you are going anywhere, let your coordinator know. We must be sure that the journey is extremely necessary before you are permitted to go.
“We do not hope for a repeat of this type of incident, but we must guide against unapproved movement of the corps members. The procedure for travelling outside the state and area of deployments must be enforced.”
Ibrahim expressed gratitude to Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari for not only assisting the accident victims but for also allowing one of the cars in his convoy to convey them from the accident scene.
The Nation reports that road accidents on Sunday, August 18 in Katsina State resulted in the death of three corps members and injuries of 14 others members. The victims were travelling from Katsina to Funtua to attend a wedding. The hospitalised corps members are: Apeh Eveline, Chinaza Azu, Francis Ogu, Ade Celestine, Patrick Shittu and Onoja Patience. The rest of the patients have recovered and discharged.