Bauchi State government has assured that adequate measures would be put in place to ensure safety of the 1,350 corps members newly posted to the state in view of the security challenges in the area, warning that it would hold leaders accountable for any breakdown of law and order in their communities.
Governor Isa Yuguda made this known during the swearing-in of the 2012 Batch “B” corps members, as well as the opening of their three weeks orientation at the Wailo Camp, Bauchi. This was even as the state government was yet to give any directive on the posting of the corps members in view of the post-presidential election violence which rocked Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro, Dambam, Giade and Katagum Local Government Areas, leading to death of some of the corps members.
The state Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Nuhu Kwaghe said 1, 581 corps members were expected out of which only 1, 350 had reported in camp. Kwaghe said, “I did undertake a tour of the state, especially where the last post-election violence occurred and I discovered that there is relative peace and tranquility in those areas.
“We are expecting the government to give us a policy statement on the posting of corps members to those local governments, as well as other areas,”even as he pointed out the NYSC had taken adequate measures to protect the corps members during their orientation course. But Yuguda who spoke through the Head of Civil Service, Mr. Abdon Gin, urged the corps members to ignore the negative media reports about happenings in the state.
“I believe that so many of you have never come to this part of the country and might therefore be apprehensive of what the service year will be like. The prejudices and biased media reports of happenings in this part of the country might have contributed to this.
’’However, irrespective of your religion or tribe, you are safe and at home anywhere in this state. Government has directed all security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and properties of all citizens in any part of the state,” he said. Yuguda further added that the state government had also made arrangements for the welfare of the corps members during their orientation course and throughout their service year adding that facilities at the camp would soon be renovated and the perimeter fence completed.
Yuguda noted that the corps members were embarking on their national service at a critical stage when the scheme was undergoing reorganization meant to reposition it towards coping with the general insecurity in the country and charged them to be good ambassadors of their families and their alma maters.