Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the late corp member, Mr Samuel Okonta who died during the re-run election in the sate will be immortalized. Speaking at the NYSC Headquaters in Port Harcourt, He said the death of the young man was really sad and promised to assist police in every possible way to carry out a proper investigation.
He also said the state will take care of the immediate family of the deceased. Governor Wike noted that the death is even more painful because the corps member was an orphan who suffered through schooling and was on the verge of being of help to his immediate family.
He said: “The death of this corps member is unfortunate and condemnable. I urge the Police to thoroughly investigate the crime. The outcome of the investigation should be made public so that those involved are prosecuted. The killing of this corps member must not be swept under the carpet.
Governor also announced the increment of the State Monthly allowance from 10,000 to 15,000 for all corps members serving outside Port Harcourt. While those serving in Port Harcourt will now receive 10,000 instead of 5,000.
The governor said his administration will also take measures to improve security in the state. He said that steps will be taken to ensure that the incident does not reoccur.
State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Ngozi Nwatarali commended the governor for commiserating with the NYSC at its moment of grief. She appealed for greater protection for corps members during elections.
Responding on behalf of the family, Alex Edeabeatu thanked the Governor for his gesture. He said that the late corps member was a shining light.