The Oyo State government says it has put in place measures to stop the incessant attacks on National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members posted to Ibadan South Local Government Area.
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi represented by Mr Abayomi Oke, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, said this on Friday at the swearing-in of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream II corps members at the NYSC camp at Iseyin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that hoodlums had on many occasions attacked corps members posted to the council area, forcing the NYSC to blacklist the council.
Ajimobi said the government had set up an inter-governmental committee on the development, adding that the situation had been put under control.
“We have set up an inter-governmental committee that will look into it.
“We were supposed to have a meeting on Thursday. We will work with the NYSC, so, we are on top of it and we are working on it, ‘’ he said.
“I also appeal to all the local government councils and host communities to ensure that corps members are warmly received and taken care of
“This is the only way they will be motivated to give their best in the course of their one-year mandatory service to the nation,’’ he said.
“After we made our report to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Commissioner for Youth and Sports and other security agencies, they assured us that such issue would not come up again.
“ They are already handling it. In fact, we are supposed to be meeting with the committee set up by the state government, but for this ongoing orientation course.
“ But even without us, they are already carrying on. When the orientation course is over, we will join them to tidy up whatever arrangement they are making.
“We will send corps members to the local government since we can see that the state government is already doing something.
“The governor is doing a lot to ensure that corps members can sleep with their two eyes closed.
“They have given us every assurance that they are going to intensify their surveillance to ensure that the lives and property of these corps members are secured,” she said.