There appears to be confusion following the recent reports that prospective polytechnic and university graduates would chose their preferred states of deployment for national service as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), yesterday said corps members cannot chose where to serve but may propose a geopolitical zone other than their own for consideration.
The scheme also said pregnant women and nursing mothers may also be excluded in the service pending the time they will be physically fit to fully participate in all the activities including the physical drill during the 21- day orientation course.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mr. Hillary Nasamu, who stated this in a chat with National Vice President zone A of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Yusuf Idris, yesterday, added that women in these categories have actually not been participating effectively in the programme since their inclusion.
According to him, “It is in public domain that as from next orientation in October, corps members will now be given room to propose where they will like to serve other than their state of origin and their area of cultural endowment. “They will be given the privilege to suggest not to chose.
There is a different between corps members chose where they want to go and corps members proposing where they want to serve. “For example, every state has carrying capacity and when people are now saying corps members should chose where they will serve, it may mean when some states will be having more than their carrying capacity, others may not even get anybody wishing to serve there.
“So what the Director General, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi said was that if for example, you are from South-east and you said you want to go to North-central, there are many states there which could be considered as option for that person who prefer North-central,” he clarified.
In his response, Comrade Idris promised the readiness of journalists in the zone to compliment the efforts of NYSC towards grooming Nigerian youths at graduate level to be better citizens and leaders in the nearest future. He however commended the scheme over the introduction of skill acquisition and entrepreneurial programme, saying it has been yielding expected results as the question of what next after NYSC has been graciously answered.
-Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna