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Again, call for scrap NYSC resurfaces after flawed security warning 

Pascal Oparada

Nigerians have again called for the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps after a flawed travel security advisory appeared on its pamphlet.

The security warning being shared online had asked relations of prospective Corps members travelling to certain parts of the country to ready ransom money should their wards be kidnapped along certain roads.

“When travelling in high-risk roads such as Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene or Aba- Port-Harcourt roads, then alert your family members, friends and colleagues in order to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded,” the advisory read.

The NYSC management denied the report was written by them.

“Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert,” it read.

However, Nigerians are questioning the relevance of the scheme today amid serious security challenges in the country.

One social media user said: It’s amazing how the government knows travelling through our roads is unsafe.

But instead of arresting people like Sheikh Gumi..

NYSC Corpers are advised to have their ransoms ready in case of kidnap, people’s children..

Another asked that the scheme be suspended.

“It’s time for the government to suspend NYSC, that program serves no purpose, literally. It’s just a waste of time and an endangerment to the lives of young Nigerians. They should suspend it until the country’s security wall has been plastered”.