EVEN as thousands of Youth Corps members are thanking their stars over the Federal Government’s decision not to force them to serve in troubled states in the North, Several of the affected states are already lamenting the impact the development will have on their affairs.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, for his part has pleaded with the Federal Government to reconsider the decision as the state’s health and education sectors could be “negatively affected”.
Corps members that had been serving in the state provided over 65 per cent of the required healthcare delivery and education services at the grassroots level where 75 per cent of the citizens live.
Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday in Maiduguri, on National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) withdrawal of corps members from BokoHaram-affected states, the Borno state commissioner of health, Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo said: “The NYSC health workers which include doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, and laboratory scientists contributed
significantly to the health delivery services in all the rural centres and communities, where most of the people live.”
She pleaded that in “recognition of the importance” of corps members in the health and education sectors of the state, the Federal Government should reverse its stand.
The same fear was also expressed yesterday in the state’s education sector, when the commissioner of education, Musa Inuwa Kubu said: “Most of the teachers in the state’s secondary schools and Teacher Colleges are corps members teaching either science subjects or social sciences. They had been complementing the state’s education programme at both the primary and secondary levels.”
In Bauchi, Governor Isa Yuguda, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ishola Michael Adeyemi, has promised to do everything humanly possible to ensure the safety of the corps members.
The state’s Head of Civil Service, Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin, also said the government had taken steps to ensure adequate security of lives and property of all corps members serving in the state despite the security challenges.