- The reports claiming the NYSC DG, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said corps members are being mobilised for war have been dismissed
- A spokesperson for the corps, Emeka Mgbemena, said the NYSC boss never said corps members are being mobilised for war
- According to him, General Ibrahim only said corps members are like soldiers on reserve, according to the country's defence policy
FCT, Abuja - The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nigeria has refuted the media reports claiming its director-general, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said corps members "are being mobilised to fight war".
This was contained in a statement signed by the NYSC's deputy director (publications), Emeka Mgbemena, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, Voice of Nigeria (VON) reported.
Jubilation as Nigerian governor announces plan to increase corps members allowance from N5,000 to N15,000
The statement said General Ibrahim had said that in line with the National Defence Policy, corps members are like soldiers on reserve, because their education, exposure and sophistication, can make them easily adaptable to military training.
Mgbemena said the NYSC DG also advised corps members to remain focused and patriotic. He reiterated that General Ibrahim never at any point said that corps members are being mobilised to fight war.
He said the scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of corps members at all times.
In other news, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has promised to increase the monthly allowance of corps members serving in the southwest state from N5,000 to N15,000. This is in addition to the N33,000 paid to corps members by the federal government.
Governor Makinde made this known via a tweet he posted on his official Twitter handle, @seyiamakinde, on Thursday, June 3.
Legit.ng gathers that the Oyo state governor made the promise during his visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp at Iseyin.
Meanwhile, the Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya, Abuja, Alhaji Musa Dala, has described the NYSC as a pivot of national unity.
Dala while speaking during a live programme at the Human Rights Radio in Abuja commended the federal government for sustaining the unity of the country through the scheme.
Sarkin said the NYSC has contributed immensely to the purposeful development of Nigeria among many others.