Four corps members from Yobe State have lost their lives in a road accident while others were injured. The accident occurred while the corp members were returning to Yobe from the NYSC Orientation Camp, Jalingo, Taraba, where they underwent the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream II orientation course and were relocated to Bauchi and Yobe states. The Yobe state government and management of the NYSC have commiserated with the families of the deceased corps members. Speaking during the condolence visit to Potiskum and Nguru local government areas of Yobe, the state commissioner for youth and sports, Goni Bukar Lawan, described the death of the corps members as a loss not only to the families but the state and the nation at large.
Bukar Lawan stated that the young Nigerians died at a time the nation was looking forward to their contributions to nation-building. He prayed for the repose of their souls and for God to grant the families the fortitude to bear the losses. Also speaking, the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuiabu Ibrahim, expressed sadness at the death of the corps members whom he described as fallen heroes, having answered the call to serve their fatherland. Represented by the director, northeast area office of the NYSC, Bauchi, Mallam Baba Ladan, the DG described the death as painful and tragic happening at a time when their services towards the growth and development of the country were most needed.
“It is painful losing them at their prime when their contributions to nation-building were most needed”he said. The Yobe State government donated N200,000 each to the families, just as the delegation also visited the injured at the General Hospital, Potiskum, where a directive was issued for those with critical cases to be moved to the state teaching hospital in Damaturu.