Saturday, March 10, 2012
(Press Release) - The Young Journalists Forum (YJF) has tasked the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and State Governors on the safety of the recently mobilised graduates across the nation.
In a statement signed by the forum's President, Ayodele Samuel and Secretary, Zacheus Somorin, they urged the NYSC to give attention to the security of lives and property of Corp members as the commission will be held responsible for any attack on Corp members especially those serving in the Northern part of the country.
"We call on all security agencies and Nigerians to partner with the commission in ensuring an absolute protection and safety of all corp members in their states.
"The aim of scheme is to achieve national unity and not national disaster in the course of serving their nation and humanity," the statement read.
While recalling that more than 50 Corp members lost their lives last year due to insecurity insurgence in the country, the forum hailed the non-posting of corp members to some Northern States.
"Twenty-five corp members lost their lives in the April bombing at the INEC office, Suleja, another 11 members in Bauchi during the post election violence that rocked the state and many more were injured in the process. Nigerian youth and the young journalists in the country will not continue to watch helplessly the killings of the nation's futures."
The Forum also urged State Governors' to improve their security alerts for the Corpers, saying that they will be held responsible for any attack and harassment on any member in their state.
"We urge Corp members to be security conscious, responsible, dedicated and avoid trouble spots where their safety is not guaranteed.”
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