The House of Representatives has resolved to scrutinize security advisory pamphlet of the National Youth Service Corps which has raised a concern on social media.
The pamphlet consist items 65, advising corps members and staff on safety measures.
The handbook, entitled, “Security Awareness and Education Handbook for Corps Members and Staff,” mentioned some high-risk roads and opined what corps members and staff should do in the event of kidnap.
NYSC had denied the existence of the pamphlet , describing the report as fake.
However, the Corps later admitted the existence of the pamphlet and resolved to scrutiny it.
Following a motion raised by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on Tuesday, the House of representative decided to vet the pamphlet.
Moving the motion, Mr Elumelu said the “inclusion of the said section shows a complete collapse in the architectural system of the country’s security forces and a major worry for friends and family as to why their children should be allowed to participate in this compulsory exercise.”
He added that the “insertion of such a clause by the NYSC in its security tips manual portrays the inability of the government to provide security on the highways as well as a surrender by the government to kidnappers and bandits.”
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, while reacting to the motion, said there is no need for investigation since the NYSC has debunked the existence of such pamphlet.
Elumelu responded that he obtained a copy of that pamphlet from NYSC.
Responding to information provided by Elumelu, Mr Gbajabiamila stated that NYSC lied to Nigerians by denying their pamphlet.
The House, consequently decided to investigate the matter and also ensure that adequate measures are put in place to provide safety for corps members across the country.