…Calls for National Youth Volunteers Corps

 Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has condemned in very strong terms the looting of the camps of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, by hoodlums.

This is coming as the Human Rights group called for the formation of National Youth Volunteers Corps, under the NYSC control to protect critical national assets.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko described the raiding of NYSC camps as brazen acts of criminality and gross National sabotage.

While demanding for the stiffest judicial sanctions for offenders, he harped on the imperative of speedy investigation of the culprits.

“Besides, the Looting and devastating invasions of NYSC camps which also resulted in fatalities, has made it imperative for President Muhammadu Buhari to activate the intendments and pragmatic essence enshrined in the following sections of the constitution in the section 220 ( 1)  (2) which states that;

1. The Federation shall establish and maintain adequate facilities for carrying into effect any Act of the National Assembly providing for compulsory military training or military service for citizens of Nigeria.

2. Until an Act of the National Assembly is made in that behalf the President may maintain adequate facilities in any secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Nigeria for giving military training in any such institution which desires to have the training.’

We humbly ask Mr President and the National Assembly to amend the relevant laws of NYSC to empower the scheme to begin the trainings for vetted and credible youths in military trainings to form a standing National volunteer Corp and for these citizens to be draw from the states to be mobilized at all times to resiliently partner with law enforcement agencies under the auspices of the office of the DG of NYSC who is a serving officer of The Nigerian Army to be rapidly deployed to carry out volunteer works of defending strategic National Assets so these kinds of ugly and lawless scenarios will never occur.

“This should follow the pattern of Israeli government. It should be a revolving scheme lasting one calendar year just like same period with the NYSC schemes which is as relevant as ever and demands national funding consolidation.  

“These volunteers can also be encouraged to enlist into the Army on the passing out parade after working for motherland for a year and to explore other regular policing or para-military institutions on permanent basis and this will save the cost of recruitment process of such agencies as NPF, NPS, NCS, and the national Civil Defence Corp after a year of purely voluntary service to the Nation: This we think is an idea whose time has come.”

Speaking further on the #EndSARS protests, Comrade Onwubiko said the protests should teach the political leaders of Nigeria that the sovereign and territorial integrity of Nigeria is endangered if the youths are economically deprived and not carried along as strategic Nation building partners with the relevant government agencies.

We have neglected the youths’ ministry at federal and state levels for long. Now is the time to revitalize and fund the youth sector including constant sporting engagement for young Nigerians on state by state, local government by local government basis.  Ministry of youth now has a competent minister willing to work and he must be economically empowered to implement development programmes to engage young Nigerians. 

The federal ministry of youths’ development and NYSC should be put as first line charge such as the judiciary and the National Human Rights Commission and their budgetary releases boosted significantly to enable this forward looking Management of NYSC and the competent youths affairs minister to empower millions of young Nigerians.”