Consider recruiting corps members into police, military – Fayemi advises FG

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Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has suggested the recruitment of fresh graduates undergoing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme into the nation’s police and military services.

This is as he said the number of soldiers and police were not adequate to address the security challenges bedevilling the nation.

Fayemi stated this Tuesday during an address at the Babatunde Oduyoye Annual Birthday Lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The Ekiti governor spoke on the theme: “Security and national unity in difficult times”.

He said Nigeria needed at least 200,000 personnel to boost the number of its security agents.

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“I believe one of the cheapest and fastest ways to handle this is to amend the law setting up the National Youths Service Corps such that we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years. Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.

“To incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service,” Fayemi said.

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