The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has redeployed corps members
serving in crisis-affected communities in the southern part of Taraba State.
Recurring communal fighting between ethnic Jukuns and Tivs have occurred for
years with several people killed.
Florence Yakuugh, the NYSC coordinator in Taraba, told the News Agency of
Nigeria in Jalingo, the capital, that the decision became necessary to ensure the
safety of the corps members.
“We received directives from our national headquarters to redeploy our youth
corps members serving in these crisis-affected communities,” she said.
“We redeployed them out of those places and took them to local government
headquarters in Wukari, Donga and Takum for their safety.
“We are appealing to the warring factions to embrace peace and allow the
development of their communities.
“NYSC is a unifying institution and it is when there is peace that they can
contribute their quarter to the development of their fatherland.”
The NYSC coordinator enjoined the local government areas that are located across
rivers to acquire ‘life jackets’ for the safety of corps members posted to those
Mrs Yaakugh said the directive has become necessary to protect corps members
who were not conversant with crossing large volume of water.
NAN reports that on July 31, authorities of the Federal University, Wukari, closed
the institution, following the alleged abduction and killing of some students and
staff of the institution due to the Jukun/Tiv ethnic crisis.(NAN)