The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has stated that members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, should be channeled mainly into the Nigerian Military, to join in the fight against terrorists and other criminal elements in the country, adding that, those who refuse to join, should be made to serve in communities without any pay,
Speaking further, he said that “to incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour, in addition to having priority for Military, Paramilitary, and Civil or Public Service recruitment after Service.
Governor Fayemi spoke at an event in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He was lamenting on the current security situation in the country, and attempting to proffer solutions.
His stated: “By available statistics, we need minimum of 200,000 Personnel to boost the fighting power of our men.
“This number is very large, and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.
“The ungoverned spaces needed to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation.That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment.
“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.
“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.
“Those who cannot join the Military services can serve in their community without pay, if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.
“To incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service.
“We also need to encourage investment in the real sectors that can engage people and reduce unemployment, which is a major source of insecurity.”
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