A section of the handbook, which has since gone viral on social media states; “When travelling on high risks roads such as Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene or Aba-Port Harcourt roads, then alert your family members, friends and colleagues, in order to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded.”
In another section of the handout, they also warned serving corps members against travelling with communication gadgets like laptops and cell phones because kidnappers would charge them according to their worth.
The section reads, “In this period of ICT, do not travel with communication gadgets like laptops, iPad, handsets, and other electronic facilities that you stored personal information such as finances, net worth, investment, and business dealings as kidnappers will charge according to your worth.”
When corps members go on high-risk roads, the NYSC has been chastised for instructing them to prepare their family and friends for ransom.
At a time when kidnappers are freely entering schools and abducting students, the NYSC guidebook on security adds to the anxiety that serving corps members’ safety and security are not guaranteed.
While many Nigerians have called for the system to be scrapped, others have urged lawyers to sue the Federal Government for endangering the lives of Nigerian youths through the NYSC program and denying responsibility when tragedies occur.
Following the civil war in Nigeria, the NYSC was founded in 1973 to enlist Nigerian graduates in nation-building projects.