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Train corp members to fight Boko Haram – Governor Fayemi to FG

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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, has said the security situation in the country requires concerted effort to address it.

Fayemi while speaking at an event in Ibadan said the security situation in the country didn’t warrant politics of blame, NAN reports.

According to the Chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), one way to bring the current wave of insecurity to a halt is to recruit a large number of people to join the police and the military..

He pointed out that one of the cheapest and fastest ways to handle this was to amend the law setting up the Nation Youths Service Corps (NYSC) such that the existing orientation camps can be used to train willing and able graduates to join the fight against insurgency under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

He said corp members who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay.

Fayemi said; “By available statistics, we need minimum of 200,000 personnel to boost the fighting power of our men.

“This number is very large and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.

“The ungoverned spaces needed to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation. That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment.

“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.

“Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay, if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.

“To incentivize those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service.

“We also need to encourage investment in the real sectors that can engage people and reduce unemployment, which is a major source of insecurity,” the NGF chairman added.

 
 
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