Ekiti State Governor: Buhari Should Use Members Of The Corps To Reinforce Security

Buhari Should Use Members Of The Corps To Reinforce Security

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to turn the NYSC camps into security training camps to recruit “willing and able” graduates to join the military and police Gov. Fayemi noted that one of the cheapest and fastest ways to handle this was to amend the law establishing the National Youth Services Corps.

“With this, we can use existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to bring security personnel under a special arrangement that will be resolved. In that way, the fund that is currently deployed at the NYSC can be used with just a few additional funds, which could be raised through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years, ”he explained. “Those who cannot join the military can serve their community without pay if we still have to retain the NYSC for everyone.”

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In June, Shuaibu Ibrahim, the director-general of the NYSC, had said that members of the corps were in reserve for war as they are part of Nigeria’s national defense policy and could be mobilized for war.

Mr. Fayemi explained that the step was necessary and a cheaper way to get the 200,000 security personnel that Nigeria needed to cope with its worsening insecurity “Based on available statistics, we need a minimum of 200,000 troops to boost the combat power of our men,” said the Governor of Ekiti.

“This number is very large and a possible financial and logistical nightmare,” he added. “However, we cannot delay any longer. Ungoverned spaces needed to be closed quickly by motivated men with the singular goal of saving the nation; That brings us to issue number two of funding and putting together great recruitment. “

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The governor said that “there are two things that we must address quickly” to stop the current wave of insecurity We need to have a conversation about how we can recruit large numbers of people to join the police and the army, even in a short service,” emphasized the Governor of Ekiti.

Last July, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba had expressed a similar thought, stating that the NYSC should be a two-year program to provide military training to members of the corp Making further suggestions, he reasoned that “to incentivize those who can volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honor, in addition to having priority for post-service military, paramilitary and civilian or public service recruitment. ”.

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Fayemi stated this Tuesday in Ibadan as he delivered the seventh series of lectures to mark the 2021 annual birthday ceremony of Babatunde Oduyoye, Governor Seyi Makinde’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs.