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The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) warned corps members about travelling out of their place of primary assignment (PPA) and orientation camps without permission from the appropriate authorities.
At the Ekiti state orientation camp on August 7th, the NYSC Director - General (DG), Brig -Gen. (Brigadier General) Zakari Kazaure reiterated that it was still an offence to move outside NYSC camps without seeking permission. The DG was on a visit to educate corp members on taking their security and health serious.
Why the reminder?
The reminder came in response to the news about the death of 9 corp members in Taraba. Some of the corp members were on a picnic in the River Mayo-Selbe when a sudden upsurge in the volume of the water swept them away.
“You all have to avoid night journeys and other unnecessary journeys for that matter. Remember that before you embark on any journey, the need arises that you first inform your immediate supervisors and obtain necessary permits. A graduate is expected by the society to be above board. I, therefore, want you to please join hands with me to ensure that the tragic incident in Taraba is the very last of such” - Brig. Gen. Zakari Kazaure.
While it makes sense to seek permission from NYSC before travel or extra activities outside one’s place of primary assignment, it is important to note that issues around security of members are multifaceted.
For example, 95% of corps member deaths can be attributed to road accidents. Beyond breaking the rules, the problem seems to be more about having bad roads than not seeking permission to move.