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10 years after, Buhari approves employment for families of 10 slain NYSC members

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•President Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA – Ten years after their gruesome deaths, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved automatic employment in the Federal Civil Service for one graduate from each of the immediate families of the 10 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who died during the post-election violence in Bauchi State and some parts of north in 2011.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare who disclosed this on Tuesday said the President also approved scholarships to the four children of Mr. Adowei Elliot, a Delta State indigene killed during the post-election violence.

Dare announced these during the inauguration of the National Governing Board of the NYSC on Tuesday in Abuja. The 10 Corps members were killed in Bauchi and some northern states following the 2011 election won by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, the Minister said: “As a sign of the Federal Government’s unflinching commitment to the NYSC, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the automatic employment of 10 direct siblings of the deceased NYSC members, who lost their lives during the 2011 post-election violence in Bauchi State and also approved appropriate scholarships to the four children of Mr. Adowei Elliot.”

He called on the board members to come up with initiatives that will make the NYSC more impactful and increasingly endearing to all Nigerians.

The Minister endorsed the proposal by stakeholders for the establishment of a National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
He called on all stakeholders to support the actualisation of the Fund, saying the initiative will not only strengthen the NYSC but also serve as a sustainable source of providing start-up capital for the trained corps members to actualide their business plans and in turn employ more Nigerians.

Sundiata Post recalls that supporters of then General Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), had unleashed violence across most States in the North as they protested the defeat of Buhari. In the process many Nigerians died including the 10 NYSC members most of whom were recruited by INEC as ad hoc staff to organise the 2011 election.

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