From Khalifa Abdu Ibrahim, Katsina.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has accused a cross section of the media in the country of exagerating the level of insecurity in the area due to activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group.
Speaking on Thursday in a message he sent to members of the 2018 Batch ‘C’ of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to Borno, the Governor said: “I urge you to summon the courage to come and stay in Borno and you will understand the fact that the security situation of the state is not as bad as it is being propagated by some media.”
Shettima addressed the corps members at their swearing-in ceremony to mark the beginning of their three weeks orientation programme at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Training
The 1,350 youth corps members deployed are expected to relocate to various locations of their posting in Borno State for their primary assignments at the end of the orientation exercise.
The Borno State Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Mahdi Gazali, represented the governor at the programme.
Shettima said that his government was doing “everything humanly possible” through its programme of reconstruction and rehabilitation to return the state to the path of peace and development.
According to Shettima, “the government and good people of Borno State are doing everything humanly possible through our programme of reconstruction and rehabilitation to return the state to the pedestal of peace, security and development it has been known for before the insurgency problem that nearly crippled the socio-economic development of the state”.
Further in his address, he advised the corp members to join hands to be part of the problem-solving team.
He stated: “It behoves on you to be part of the problem solving team by expressing your potentials through
rendering honest and dedicated services to your host communities.
According to him, “The NYSC scheme has provided a platform to develop great virtues of discipline, industry and patriotism, and as a change agent, government believes in the scheme in view of its importance
in nation building and selfless service to humanity.”
In his address, the Borno State NYSC Coordinator, Rabiu Aminu, urged the corps members to
exhibit high level of respect and discipline as well as being security conscious at all times.