NYSC Urges Borno Corps Members to Avoid Night Journeys

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

In the midst of rising insecurity in some northern states, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned the 2021 Batch ‘B’, Stream ll corps members posted to Borno State to avoid night journeys and unauthorized trips.

The NYSC Coordinator in Borno, Mr Nura Umar, made the call on Tuesday while reacting to the unrest in some parts of Borno State which has caused all corps members posted to the state to be redeployed to Katsina for camp.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three weeks orientation exercise in Katsina, Mr Umar said, “I would like to reiterate our warning against unauthorized journeys and night trips because such is a major risk factor for road accidents as it renders rescue efforts fruitless.”

“I advise you to avoid risky engagements, such as staying out late at night, attendance of late-night parties, visitation of dangerous places, and hitching rides with strangers,” he further warned.

He said that it was now mandatory for all corps members on transit to always cut short their journeys from 6 p.m. and pass the night at military barracks and other locations officially designated as safe.

In addition, he urged them to avoid boarding vehicles from illegal motor parks to avoid the risk of getting kidnapped, adding that the corps had a very good working relationship with the union of commercial vehicle drivers, both in Borno and Katsina State.

He said, “You are also advised to board vehicles at approved motor parks to avoid falling prey to criminals disguising as commercial vehicle drivers.”

Reiterating NYSC’s commitment to corps members’ security and general welfare, Mr Umar said that the agency was collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure that corps members are safe and that their essential needs for a successful service year are met.

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