While giving a speech during the Passing Out Parade for 318 Corps members the Borno State Coordinator, Lawal Turawa, declared the State safe for all members willing to serve in the State.
“We want to say that Borno State is safe for Corps members in spite of what people are saying about the State. There are 318 corps members who are Passing Out today. People out there wouldn't believe we have more than 300 Corps members who are from Northeast Borno. You can understand why I am saying Borno State is safe for Corps members.''
Mr. Turawa noted the presence of the Director General of National Youths Service Corps in Maiduguri last month to boost the morale of Corps members there.
Mr. Turawa praised the Corps members for laudable contributions to the development of the community despite the security challenges in the State.
Mr. Turawa was referring to the work of such Corps members as Joy C. Ekeada [Registration No. BO/14C/0266]. Hailing from Imo State, she served with the Command Secondary School, Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri. The Giwa Barracks provided free medical services to over 200 women in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Teachers Village. Mrs. Ekeada also de-wormed 300 children at NYSC Orientation camp.
While at the IDP camp in Teachers Village Mrs. Ekeada was moved by the death of a woman who passed away after giving birth to twins.
“The woman died due to hypertension. Her death inspired me to aid the women and children displaced by insurgents,” she said.
Mrs. Ekeada continued, “I organized instructional programs on a wide variety of subjects; including Malaria prevention, economic adjustment for pregnant women and nursing mothers, and Malaria’s effects during pregnancy.”
She also oversaw sand filling projects in the IDPs camp, a common way to prevent mosquito infestations. Mrs. Ekeada also worked to provide the Command Secondary School, Maimalari and the Army Day Secondary School, Giwa Barracks with textbooks and white boards.
Corps member Babajide Timilehin [Registration No. BO/14C/0281] hailing from Osun State urged other members to stay in Borno State and not redeploy.
''I wish to tell all Corps members deployed to Borno State that they need not fear for their safety. I have enjoyed my time so much here, that I am considering staying in Borno State permanently.”