THE National Youth Service Corps, NYSC on Friday, dismissed claims that the corps members could be mobilsed for war as has recently trended in some news channels (Not GreenWhiteGreen GWG)
Denying the claim, the NYSC national directorate in Abuja in a statement issued by the Deputy Director (Publications), Mr. Emeka Mgbemena, said that the scheme would continue to safeguard the interest and wellbeing of the corps members.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, while reacting to moves among some lawmakers to scrap the NYSC scheme during a television interview, was quoted to have said that corps members were part of the national defence policy of Nigeria and could be mobilised for war if need be.
However, the NYSC disclosed that the director-general never said corps members were being mobilised for war as being reported by some media outlets.
The statement read in part, “This is to clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director-General’s recent interview with the media currently trending on the social media.
“The Director-General had stated that in line with the National Defence Policy, Corps Members are like soldiers on reserve, because their education, exposure and sophistication, can make them easily adaptable to military training.
“He charged them to remain focused and patriotic; and prayed for the spirit of NYSC to live in all Nigerians.
“General Ibrahim never at any point said that Corps Members are being mobilised to fight a war. The Scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of Corps Members at all times.”