Sen. Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) has called on the Federal Government to make the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme voluntary or provide live insurance cover for NYSC members. Sani made the appeal while speaking to newsmen shortly after he condoled with the family of Lawal Kontagora, a youth corps member allegedly killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna recently.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Kontagora, 26, an NYSC member, serving at Africdect Information Technology Centre, Kaduna, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Malali area in the metropolis on Oct. 17.
“This is not the first time, it has always been the case, when it happens, we mourn we condemn the action. “This happened in my constituency and he is part of my constituency. I have a duty to pursue this case to its logical conclusion. “If such things happen to others and they are being ignored, I virtually will not fold my arms and see this kind of things happen.
“I am taking this issue to the National Assembly; we have to choose what to do and being a corps member. “It is either the government makes the service year voluntary or there should be increased funding or insurance,’’ he said. Sani, who condemned the killing, tasked authorities and security agencies in the state to fish out perpetrators of the heinous crime for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others. He said that Kontagora could not be protected by government from the hands of hoodlums and thugs “clearly shows how vulnerable the society is’’. Read more