Ondo Students rise against posting of Corp members to the North

Ondo Students rise against posting of Corp members to the North

The National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS) has called on the federal government to review the posting policy of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) because of the incessant killings of corps members in some northern states.

The newly elected president of the association, Oguntoyinbo Victor, made the call in Akure at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected executive to run the affairs of the union in the next three years.

Other members of the executive sworn-in at the occasion were: Oloruntobi Olusegun, Vice President, Kunlere Abayomi, General Secretary, Obayelu Igbekele, Assistant General secretary and Irinsanmi Kelly, Public Relations Officer.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Oguntoyinbo said a situation where corps members posted to the north were being killed under the guise of political and religious crisis is unwarranted.

Killing of corps members

He urged the federal government to ensure that corps members were allowed to serve the country in their various regions. He noted that the killing of corps members while in the service of their fatherland had called to question the philosophy, intent and propriety of the National Youth Service Corps.

He said “young graduates should be allowed to serve in their home states. This way, northerners will serve in their states while the southerners will serve the nation in their region.” Earlier in his speech, the Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Youth Matters, Olamide George urged the new executive to always employ dialogue in tackling issues that affect students in the state.

Mr George who noted that protest under any disguise could not resolve crisis, urged the students not to allow themselves to be used by politicians for their selfish gain.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Akure Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, Charles Titiloye, said student unionism should be used as a weapon to campaign against social ills in the society such as cultism and hostage taking.