Senator seeks life insurance for NYSC members

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 25 October 2016 | 1,685 times

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Comrade Shehu Sani, Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, on Monday, asked the Federal Government to either make NYSC voluntary or there should provide increased funding and life insurance.

Sani made the call when he paid a condolence visit to the family of Lawal Auwal Kontagora, 26, a youth corpse member who was murdered by hoodlums in Kaduna North West Nigeria.
The victim, a graduate of a Malaysia University, died of gunshot wound when he was attacked inside his stationery car while in company of his girlfriend at Gambia road junction, Malali low cost housing estate on Monday, October 17.
Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, ASP Aliyu Usman, confirmed the arrest of two suspects with one other at large.
Jamilu Baba Lado, 22, a bus driver and key suspect was found with gun after the murder in his house at Kwaru and the second accomplice, simply known as Sarki, 22, a bricklayer are currently with the police.
The third suspect, an apprentice tailor is currently at large.
Senator Sani, described the incident as a tragedy not just for the family, but a tragedy for the people of Kaduna State and Nigeria.
“For the very fact that we have failed to protect the young man from the hands of thugs and murderers clearly show how vulnerable the whole society is.
“When a state has reached a point that it cannot provide and it cannot protect then question could be raised of the essence of government and governance.
“The very fact that, we live in a country that cannot provide and protect us shows that, we should have been able to do better.
“Our young people are not safe in primary schools, they are not safe in secondary schools, they are not safe in the universities, and they are not safe even after university.”
He said Nigeria has reached a point where kidnapping is in the increase, mass murder, killings of young people of this kind is also a daily event.
“So, for me, I am taking this very issue to the National Assembly. We have to choose what to do. For being a corpse member, it is either government makes this service voluntary or there should be increased funding and insurance for people engaged in this.
“This is not the first time that a corpse member has been killed, but it has always been the case and when it happens, we mourn, we condemn the action and it repeats itself.
“But, this happened in my constituency and the deceased and his parent are from my constituency. I have a duty to pursue this case to the last point.
“If such things do happen and it is ignored, actually I will not fold my arms to allow this kind of things to continue to happen,” he added.
He prayed for the repose of the victims soul and the family the fortitude to bear the loss; “and for those in position of power to see the killing, the kidnapping of every member of our society as a minus on us.”
On the increase cases of rape of minor especially in his senatorial zone, Mr. Sani said there is a bill currently in the NASS to address the problem of rape.
He hoped that, the bill will be fast tracked to have the necessary legislative instrument to tackle rape cases in the country.
Auwal Kontagora, father of the slain corpse member, while expressing appreciation for the senators condolence visit, described the killing as “gruesome and very painful.
“I prayed for justice to be done and may Allah forgive him,” he said.
•Photo shows Senator Shehu Sani.

Source: News Express

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