The House of Representatives has condemned the abduction of eight National Youth Corp members in Gasau, Zamfara State while travelling to Sokoto State for national service.
The chairman, House Committee on Youth Development, Martins Esin, made the condemnation while fielding questions from Reporters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday.
Esin who represents Oron/Mbo/Okobo/Udung Uko/Urueoffong Oruko Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, described the incident as unfortunate, saying it was wrong to subject young people who obey the call for national service to such traumatising experience, assuring that government is working assiduously towards ensuring their release.
He disclosed that the House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt Hon Tajudeen Abbas was committed to making laws that will guarantee the safety and welfare of Nigerians, including corp members.
He said, “It is a very traumatizing experience for both the youngsters and their families. Government is not also relenting in its efforts at ensuring their timely release. It’s a disturbing development indeed.
“The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas feels strongly about issues bordering on the welfare and security of Nigerians. If it will take the enactment of laws or a review of existing ones to strengthen the security architecture of the nation, rest assured that the Rt. Hon. Speaker will lead the House through that process in the interest of the nation.
“For the instant case, I’m optimistic the victims will soon reunite with their families and continue their service to the nation.” He assured.
The lawmaker described the National Youth Service Corps as a veritable bridge building national institution and effective learning platform for the youth of the nation, saying it must be protected and preserved by all means.
He expressed optimism that the Scheme will outlive the current national challenges while urging Nigerians to protect corp members in their domains. He described the reopening of the NYSC camp in Borno State after twelve years of closure as a good omen and a testament to the desirability of the scheme.
Esin also commended the leadership of NYSC for swinging into action upon hearing about the kidnap incident and assured them of the support of the House of Representatives in making the Scheme better and stronger, adding that the House Committee under him would pay particular attention to the welfare of corp members, describing them as the hope of the nation.
He promised that his committee would work with Minister to ensure improvements in the NYSC and protection of the interests of the youth of Nigeria.