Senate to probe removal of NYSC DG

The Senate Tuesday expressed reservation at the reported removal of the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure, by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Yusuf Buratai.

It has therefore mandated its committee on Sports and Youth Development headed by Senator Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central), to within one week, investigate the recent appointment of a new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Sani Ibrahim, by Buratai.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye describing as illegal the removal of NYSC boss by Nigerian Army authorities.

The committee is to establish whether any law was violated in the appointment of the new NYSC boss.

Melaye, had while raising a point of order claimed that there was an infraction by the Chief of Army Staff in the appointment of a new NYSC DG contrary to the Act establishing the body.

According to him, “Section 5 of the NYSC Act says there shall be a service to be headed by a person called the Director-General to be appointed by the President.

“Surprisingly, the Chief of Army Staff, removed the Director-General through signal and through another signal appointed another one. The law doesn’t confer the power of appointing NYSC DG on anybody, but the President. The last person and all other past persons were appointed by Presidents.

He added for effect that: “if we allow this, the announcement of the Senate President can come from the Road Safety and replacement may come from the same Institution.”


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