- Ninety-five per cent of deaths recorded by serving corps members has been attributed to road accidents
- The director general of NYSC, Suleiman Kazaure, said several serving corps members had been involved in road accidents due to the poor nature of Nigerian roads
- Kazaure called on serving corps members to always patronise government hospitals
The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) says 95% of deaths recorded by serving corps members is due to road accidents.
Suleiman Kazaure, the Director General of NYSC, said this while addressing corps members observing their orientation camp course in Katsina on Monday, August 6.
“Several serving corps members have been embarking on unnecessary journeys that led to their death.
“From the records before the Directorate, several corps members have lost their lives, while on fruitless journeys.
“Several serving corps members had been involved in road accidents due to the poor nature of Nigerian roads.
“For several years, Nigerian roads are death traps and corps members should only embark on necessary journeys.
“I am calling on serving corps members that have concrete reason to travel to always seek the permission of NYSC officials,’’ he said.
Kazaure called on serving corps members to always patronise government hospitals if they were sick.
Earlier, the Katsina state NYSC coordinator, Ramatu Sanda, had called on the NYSC management to provide more vehicles to Katsina office.
Sanda said that so far, 2,076 corps members had registered for their orientation in the state and advised them to participate activity in all the orientation programmes.
NAIJ.com previously reported that tragedy struck in Taraba state on Saturday, August 4, as nine members of the National Youth Service Corps in the state drowned in River Mayo-Selbe, Gashaka local government area.
The police public relations officer of the state ASP David Missal, confirmed the incident. Missal stated that the 22 corps members were swimming in River Mayo-Selbe when nine of them drowned. He said that seven corpses had so far been recovered from the scene of the incident.
He said: “Information available revealed that 22 youth corps members had gone on a picnic party in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka LGA on Saturday when the incident happened.
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