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Despite killings, DG Of NYSC refuses to withdraw corps members from Plateau

The DG of NYSC, Brig. has opened up on the recent killings of over 200 persons in Plateau state by suspected armed herdsmen, saying that the scheme will not withdraw corps members deployed to Plateau State.

Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure said despite the recent violence in Plateau State, no corps member will be withdrawn from the state.

He made this known through the scheme’s Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs Victoria Okakwu yesterday.

Speaking after the opening ceremony of a training workshop for NYSC Protocol Officers in Abuja, Kazaure said the scheme would provide necessary security modalities for corps members.

The NYSC boss who reacted to the recent killing of over 200 persons in Plateau state by suspected armed herdsmen, however said arrangements have been made to guarantee their safety in line with the NYSC Act (2004).

Kazaure tasked NYSC staff to make security an integral part of the planning process in all NYSC events by stepping up liaison with relevant agencies.

He also urged them to embrace new ideas in their approach to events management so as to conform with global trends and guarantee adequate security coverage.

Kazaure said: “NYSC is a human organisation. We feel whatever happens in any part of the country. Just the way we handled the insecurity of the Northeast, we will handle the situation in Plateau, Benue, and other volatile states.

“We are very responsive. We will work in line with the NYSC Act to ensure that the lives of corps members are safe.

“We will not withdraw our corps members from Plateau but we have plans to guarantee their safety. We cannot disclose the plans because security matters are not discussed in the open.”

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