Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, has called for a legislative backing to strengthen the safety and security of corps members at various locations in the country.
She also called for an upward review of their monthly allowance.
She stated this on Monday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, while speaking with journalists.
Akeredolu, who described the National Youth Service Corps as a national integration tool, said there was a need to urgently address the challenges facing the scheme, so as to keep it in line with the present day reality.
While imploring the corps members in the state to be more patriotic, Akeredolu said the NYSC period was one for the youths to give back to the nation and a time for sacrifice.
She urged the host communities to recognise and appreciate the impact of the scheme on the society.
She said, “There is a need to re-evaluate this scheme and ascertain what needs to be done to forestall corps members becoming victims of circumstances and ugly incidents. State governments should be made to sign undertakings for the security of lives of the corps members, while those sabotaging their safety should be sanctioned, so as not to compromise their welfare and safety.”