The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Osun State has embarked on courtesy visits to branches of the State Transport Management System (OSTMS) to ensure safety for the prospective members to the state.
This is in anticipation of the upcoming 2024 Batch 'A' Stream I Orientation Course slated to commence on Thursday February 15.
The visits, conducted on Monday, February 12, 2024 is aimed at fostering collaboration to enhance the safety and welfare of corps members, particularly in curbing night journeys.
Led by the State Coordinator, Ndoma Obim Agbor, the NYSC delegation engaged with key figures at various OSTMS branches, including the headquarters chaired by Wakeel Nurudeen.
The discussions primarily focused on facilitating the smooth transportation of Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) to their designated camp locations.
Addressing the OSTMS representatives, Agbor emphasised the importance of prioritising the safety of corps members, citing directives from the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Yushau Dogara Ahmed, and the President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
"I urge you to take proactive measures to prevent incidents of kidnapping, particularly during night travels.
"I also advice PCMs to seek refuge at the nearest police station if nightfall occurs while on the journey."
The NYSC delegation tackled concerns raised about the recent hikes in transport fares for PCMs.
Rafiu Isa from the Stadium OSTMS Branch attributed the increase to fluctuations in pump prices across the country.
The discussions underscored the need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the financial burden on corps members and ensure affordable transportation to their respective camp destinations.
In response, the OSTMS representatives expressed their willingness to work closely with NYSC to implement measures aimed at safeguarding corps members during their travels.
They also assured the NYSC delegation of their dedication to providing reliable transportation services and reiterated their commitment to maintaining affordable fares for PCMs.