Few weeks after information of a contentious handbook issued by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on safety consciousness to corps members broke out, Nigerians proceed to specific concern.
A fierce debate broke out final month over a replica of the handbook obtained from some corps members, titled; ‘Security Awareness and Education Handbook for Corps Members and Staff,’ advising them to alert their members of the family, buddies and colleagues to have somebody available to repay ransom that could possibly be demanded within the case of kidnap.
Though administration of the scheme has come out to debunk the reviews, stating that the clause quoted just isn’t embedded within the NYSC safety suggestions pamphlet, which was put collectively by a retired safety professional, considerations proceed to develop.
In a piece of the handbook titled ‘Advisory Tricks to Minimise Being Victims of Kidnappers or Hostage Takers’, contained on pages 58 and 59 of the handbook, NYSC implores corps members to not ply remoted routes and warns that “most Nigerians are weak.”
The contentious part of the ebook learn, “When travelling on excessive danger roads equivalent to Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene or Aba-Port Harcourt roads, then alert your loved ones members, buddies and colleagues as a way to have somebody available to repay the ransom that could possibly be demanded.”
In a rebuttal signed by the NYSC spokesperson, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the Scheme described the report as pretend. “The eye of administration of the Nationwide Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a pretend launch making the rounds on the social media to the impact of corps members travelling on high-risk roads.
“The clause quoted just isn’t embedded within the NYSC Safety Ideas pamphlet which was put collectively by a extremely revered retired safety professional,” she was quoted saying.
However the Home of Representatives not too long ago mandated its committee on Youth Improvement to research NYSC over the handbook. A minority chief of the Home, Ndudi Elumelu, who led a debate on the matter, mentioned the event exhibits “full collapse” of the nation’s safety structure.
Francis, a guardian whose daughter awaits service, voiced his criticism in a chat with me, saying the assertion has created extra concern in lives of potential corps members.
He famous that NYSC might not imply to create havoc with the recommendation, however the method by which it was offered was scary.
“Given the present state of insecurity within the nation, telling corps members to tell their members of the family and others for ransom in case of kidnap is placing extra concern of their lives.”
A corps member serving in Abuja who doesn’t need her title talked about, mentioned because the information broke out she has been afraid to go to her household. She known as on the NYSC and authorities “to make sure enough safety measures, as a way to defend corps members serving in numerous states of the federation.”