The NYSC also warns serving corps members against travelling with communication gadgets like laptops and cell phones because of kidnappers
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management appears to have given up on the safety of serving corps members across the country, as the agency warned youths about the risk of being kidnapped while serving their country.
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The scheme advised serving corps members to have someone pay their ransom if they were kidnapped in its updated handbook on security awareness and education.
In another section of the handout, the NYSC also warned serving corps members against travelling with communication gadgets like laptops and cell phones because kidnappers would charge them according to their worth.
The section reads, “In this period of ICT, do not travel with communication gadgets like laptops, iPad, handsets, and other electronic facilities that you stored personal information such as finances, net worth, investment, and business dealings as kidnappers will charge according to your worth.”
The NYSC has severely been criticised for asking corps members to get their families and friends ready for ransom when they travel on high-risk roads.
At a time when kidnappers invade schools and abduct pupils unrestrained, the NYSC handbook on security amplifies the fear that the safety and security of serving corps members are not guaranteed.
While many Nigerians have called for the scrapping of the scheme, others have called on lawyers to sue the Federal Government for putting the lives of Nigerian youths in danger though the NYSC scheme and denying responsibilities when casualties arise.
The NYSC was established in 1973 after the civil war to involve Nigerian graduates in nation-building and development as well as to promote national unity.