The senator in charge of APC-Kaduna Central, Sen. Shehu Sani has called on the Federal Government to make the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme voluntary or provide life insurance cover for NYSC members.
Senator Sani made the appeal while speaking to newsmen shortly after he condoled with the family of Lawal Kontagora, a youth corps member allegedly killed by unknown gunmen in Kaduna recently.
It would be recalled that Kontagora, 26, an NYSC member, serving at Africdect Information Technology Centre, Kaduna, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Malali area in the metropolis on Oct. 17.
Speaking Sani noted that this was not the first time such was happening and he would not keep silent about the issue but will table it at the National Assembly.
“This is not the first time, it has always been the case, when it happens, we mourn we condemn the action. This happened in my constituency and he is part of my constituency. I have a duty to pursue this case to its logical conclusion.
“If such things happen to others and they are being ignored, I virtually will not fold my arms and see this kind of things happen.
“I am taking this issue to the National Assembly; we have to choose what to do and being a corps member. It is either the government makes the service year voluntary or there should be increased funding or insurance.”
Sani, who condemned the killing, tasked authorities and security agencies in the state to fish out perpetrators of the heinous crime for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.
He said that Kontagora could not be protected by government from the hands of hoodlums and thugs “clearly shows how vulnerable the society is’’.
The senator prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and for God to forgive him, and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The father of the deceased, Alhaji Lawal Umar Kontagora, said he was impressed with the Senator’s visit.
“I pray justice will be done for the loss of my son because it was a gruesome murder and it is very painful,’’ the grieving father said.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna Police Command in the state said it had arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of Kontagora.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Command, ASP Aliyu Usman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the police had also commenced investigation into the matter.