30th July, 2021
By Isaiah Eka
The Director-General (D-G), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim said the agency was completely devastated over the death of five corps members who died on the Abuja-Abaji highway on Wednesday.
Ibrahim stated this on Thursday while commiserating with the families of the deceased in Uyo.
The corps members who hailed from Akwa Ibom and graduated from the University of Uyo lost their lives in the road crash on their way to the NYSC orientation camp in Katsina State.
However, Ibrahim directed that the NYSC flag be flown at half-mast for three days, in honor of the departed corps members.
The D-G said that the news of the ghastly road accident was a devastating blow to the entire NYSC family, and prayed God to grant the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.
“Yesterday was a black Wednesday in NYSC. We woke up with the sad news that five of our corps members lost their lives along the Abuja-Abaji-Kwali expressway.
“I had to rush down to the hospital to really confirm if it was true, and at last, it was true.
“We are completely devastated and diminished because as parents we know what it takes to train a child to this level.
“It is like an investment and it is an investment, but who are we to question God?
“There is nothing anyone can do than to pray God Almighty to give you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Ibrahim told parents and relatives of the deceased at the 2 Brigade Headquarters, Nigeria Army, Uyo”.
The director-general described the late corps members as patriotic Nigerians who were on their way to Kastina state to do their best for the country.
He however cautioned against corps members embarking on night travels, to ensure safety.
Responding on behalf of the families, Rev. Isaiah Ekanem of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, uncle to one of the deceased, Victor Akpan, thanked the NYSC management for the prompt visit.
Ekanem appealed to the Federal Government and the NYSC to assist the families of the deceased corps members to cushion the trauma they were passing through.
“With total submission to the will of God, may I say that what I am seeing here will go a long way to console us. God will also give us the fortitude to bear the loss.
“I am praying that the federal government and the NYSC will devise a better means to mobilize corps members to avoid future occurrence.
“If I am given the opportunity, I will suggest that the NYSC limits mobilisation of corps members within their geopolitical zones to avoid long-distance travels,” Ekanem said.
The D-G had earlier paid a condolence visit to Gov. Udom Emmanuel and the University of Uyo.