- There is anger among Nigerian lawmakers over the failure to reopen the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Borno state
- The lawmakers argued that the leadership of the corps have refused to reopen the camp despite the peace enjoyed in the state
- In a swift move, the lawmakers also called for an investigation into the closure of the Maiduguri orientation camp for the past 10-years
Lawmakers of the House of Representatives have called on the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to reopen its orientation camp in Maiduguri, Borno state.
Daily Trust reports that the lawmakers made the resolution after their colleague, Honourable Usman Zannah adopted a motion at the plenary on Wednesday, December 8.
Calling for an investigation into the continued closure of the NYSC orientation camp in Maiduguri, the lawmakers said there is a need for corps members to be allowed to have their first three weeks in the state.
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The lawmakers recalled that corps members posted to the state have continued to have their orientation in Katsina for over 10 years since the Maiduguri camp was shut down due to insurgency.
Members of the House of Representatives said that despite the peace relatively enjoined in Borno state currently, the NYSC has refused to reopen the camp.
The Punch reports that the lawmakers also directed the House committee on youth and development to investigate NYSC's refusal to reopen its Maiduguri camp.
The federal lawmakers said that the Borno state government has made adequate arrangements to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the state.
Also complaining of the growing insecurity in Katsina state, the lawmakers said corps members posted to Borno are at risk as they are now being exposed to bandits attacks.
24-year old prospective corps member dies on his way to camp
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a 24-year-old prospective corps member, scheduled to enrol for his orientation camp in Katsina is dead.
Matu Esky, a fast rinsing singer died in a road accident in Jigawa while on his way to the NYSC orientation camp.
Esky popularly called “Phil Chase” died alongside another passenger on his way to Katsina state for the three weeks mandatory orientation camp periods.
FG says NYSC is more relevant than ever
The Nigerian government has insisted that the one-year mandatory NYSC is relevant for the country's graduates.
The reaction by the FG follows a recent plea by Nigerians for the scheme to be scrapped due to insecurity and bad roads that has cost the lives of corp members.
The minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dara, says the scheme will remain in place.