NYSC Director-General Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim has commended the Katsina State Government and security agencies for the swift rescue of four prospective Corps Members, who were kidnapped in the State on their way to the Zamfara State Orientation Camp.
He made the commendation during a thank-you visit to the State Governor, Rt. Hon Aminu Bello Masari at the Government House, Katsina.
The Director-General said the rescue of the victims in less than twenty-four hours after their abduction and the Governor’s decision to host them at the Government House were heartwarming and how the State Governor personally led efforts to rescue some Corps Members that were involved in a fatal road accident a few months ago.
Mr Ibrahim thanked the State Government for remaining unwavering in its support for the Scheme, especially in the area of security and general welfare of Corps Members. He added that its gestures had affirmed the status of Katsina as one of the most NYSC-friendly States.
The Director-General, who presented a letter of appreciation to Governor Masari represented by his Deputy, Quantity Surveyor Mannir Yakubu, urged the State to sustain its efforts at providing conducive environment for the Corps Members in order to optimize their potentials for national development.
He informed his host about an on-going collaboration of the NYSC with the Federal Road Safety Corps and major Transport Unions in the country aimed at ensuring the safety of Corps Members while travelling on Nigerian roads.
Among other things, he said, the partnership emphasized key issues like boarding of vehicles at designated motor parks, roadworthiness of vehicles, avoidance of night journeys, and assignment of qualified drivers of sound mind.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, Quantity Surveyor Mannir Yakubu said the action of the State Government in rescuing the abducted Corps Members was consistent with its constitutional responsibility of securing the lives and property of all residents.
Mr Yakubu said the speedy rescue of the victims was achieved partly due to the truce between the State Government and repentant bandits, adding that the administration would continue to explore avenues for the entrenchment of peace and security.
He hailed the Director-General for his deliberate policy of strengthening the relationship with critical stakeholders for the success of NYSC and went on to assure of the State Government’s continued support to the Scheme.
“We will continue to improve on the welfare and security of Corps Members and we will also do whatever will ensure lasting peace to the State”, he said.