The Director-General who personally delivered the condolence message to the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, expressed shock over the news of the demise of the “promising patriots who were full of enthusiasm and vigour to serve their fatherland”.
He further said that the death of the prospective Corps members is a great loss not only to their families and Akwa-Ibom State, but the entire NYSC and the nation at large.
Ibrahim said he was in the State to condole with the immediate families of the deceased prospective Corps members and the people of the State having been at the scene of the accident on receiving the sad news.
The Director-General prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed and quick recovery of the injured prospective Corps members.
He assured that the NYSC Management will accord them all necessary care and attention while ensuring that they are considered alongside their colleagues who have already reported to the orientation camp.
Ibrahim thanked the Governor for receiving him and members of his entourage even at short notice.
In his response, Mr Emmanuel thanked the NYSC DG for his empathy and responsiveness to the plight of the prospective Corps members, adding that the visit was a mark of honour to the deceased families and the state at large. He commended him for always according priority attention to the welfare of the Corps members.
The Governor also instructed transport companies operating in the state to desist from conveying Corps members at night adding that any company found flouting this directive will be sanctioned accordingly.
He joined the Director-General in condoling with families and the good people of Akwa-Ibom State over the loss and prayed for the repose of their souls.
Meanwhile, the NYSC Director-General also paid a similar visit to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, whose graduates were involved in the unfortunate accident
The Vice Chancellor while commending the DG for the visit advised that the NYSC can engage reputable transport companies for the purpose of transporting prospective Corps members especially after the release of call-ups.
The Director-General was accompanied during the condolence visits by the Directors of South-South Area office and Special Duties alongside the State Coordinator, NYSC Akwa-Ibom state.
Since the incident, the NYSC management has directed that all NYSC flags fly at half-mast while observing two-minutes silence across all NYSC orientation camps during the parade on Thursday, in honour of the deceased.