The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier-General Johnson Olawunmi, has on Saturday stated that posting corps members to perform their national service in the states ravaged by Boko Haram in North- Eastern Nigeria is optional.
The director general made the remark while answering questions from newsmen during the closing ceremony of the scheme’s maiden edition of a one week Preparatory Course for State Coordinators Course 1 (PCSC 1/15) for assistant directors held at the Nigerian School of Military Engineering (NASME) barrack in Makurdi.
Olawumi also said that the few corps members serving in the area opted to do so on their own volition and that they cut across people from all parts of the country.
“I salute those who choose to go there (Northeast) for their service. Corp members are not forced to go there, the few number we have now are those who opted to go there and they cut across the whole country,” he said.
He expressed satisfaction that despite the risk taken by corps members to serve in insecure environments, there had not been any casualty among them. He added that the scheme goes the extra mile to monitor and ensure corps members’ safety in the area.