Emerging reports have indicated that four National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members survived the River Mayo-Selbe disaster in which nine others drowned, by standing on a rock for hours, while the waves swept their colleagues away.
MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTHS SERVICE CORPS (NYSC)
One of the survivors of the River Mayo-Selbe disaster, Fidelis Ogbe, told reporters at a private clinic where he was receiving treatment: “I am sorry I cannot speak because we must follow orders. Besides, I can’t really say much because I was inside the river for some time, before I miraculously came out. “It is only those outside that can really talk more about what happened.” In the meantime, following the death of the nine corps members at River Mayo-Selbe, near Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State, NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, yesterday, outlawed night parties and social events by corps members across the country. Addressing corps members in Ikare-Akoko, Akure, Ondo State, Brigadier General Kazaure, however, said approval from appropriate authorities in each state would be granted if any such social event must hold. “All social events must not hold without approvals,” Kazaure stressed. He noted that NYSC was “devastated with the sad occurrence in Taraba State. I am sure you are aware we lost nine corps members in Taraba; they were 2018 Batch A corps members. “Whenever you are going to embark on any social outings, you must seek clearance from NYSC officials; either the Local Government Inspectors or the state coordinator. That is my directive.” Kazaure reiterated the commitment of the scheme to the security and welfare of corps members nationwide. Earlier, Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Grace Akpabio, said the Director-General’s visit will further boost the morale of staff and the corps members in the state.
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