Reps Summon NYSC Director General Over Death Of Corps Members

The House or Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig. General Sule Zakari Kazaure, to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating  the death of three corps members at the NYSC orientation camps.

Majority leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, while contributing the a motion sponsored by the member representing Boluwaduro/Ifedayo/Illa federal constituency of the state of Osun, Olufemi Fakeye, suggested that the NYSC management should liaise with the 36 state governments to construct permanent orientation camps in the states with a fully equipped medical centre.

Gbajabiamila also stated that all youths Corps members should be enrolled under a health insurance scheme for the one year period of NYSC.

He stated that expenses towards the above improvement to the NYSC scheme should be captured in the 2017 budget.

Fakeye in his motion titled ‘Unfortunate and Avoidable Death of late Miss. Ifedolapo Racheal Oledepo, a Corps meber at the Kano state Orientation Camp,’  noted that the demise of the 26 years old first class graduate of Aviation and Transport Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology was avoidable.

He stated that the deceased was sick a few days after she reported to the Orientation Camp and promptly reported the condition to camp authorities.

He added that the authorities initially thought she feigned the sickness in order to dodge the routine strenuous exercises which is part of cap activities.

He stated further that although the deceased was eventually admitted to the camp clinic under the supervision of NYSC doctor supported by NYSC nurses, the camp clinic may not be adequate.

“The camp clinic may not have been adequately equipped, as the late Ifedayo was reportedly give some “Placebo” and later injected with some substance, following which a lot of rashes manifested all over her body and her tongue became twisted.

He however suggested that Corps members should be allowed to have adequate rest at the orientation camps and the rigours of camp exercise be relapsed.


NYSC DG Urges Corps Members To Marry Each Other

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged corps members from different tribes to intermarry, as an avenue of boosting national integration.

The Director General of the Corps, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, gave the urge when he visited the 2016 Batch A (Stream II) corps members undergoing their orientation programme.

He noted that the essence of the scheme is to ensure national integration, which would bring the desired unity which the country earnestly desires.

“I wish to see you to intermarry within the orientation period to enhance national integration, as this would be achieved through adequate bonding in the camp.

The DG remarked that Nigeria needs unity and development, as the outlined camp activities such as military drills, skills acquisition and sporting activities would prepare the Corps members for life within and after the service year.

“The Ramadan did not stop us from coming to the camp as I received lots of text messages inquiring about the possibility of organizing the camp with the approach of the period.”

 He noted that he insisted that the orientation programme would be organized and by God’s grace it went on and the Corps members would soon leave the camp.

“Corps members would not be posted to Ishiellu Local Government Area where the Ezza–Ezillo communal war took place until we get assurances of adequate security in the area.

Kazaure also advised the corps members to be security conscious and ensure that they go out in the company of friends and colleagues instead of going out alone.

“You should also pay special attention to skill acquisition while in the camp and the entire service year, to enable them be self reliant and not rely on white collar jobs.

The Ebonyi State Coordinator of the Scheme, Mrs Gladys Mbachi, told the DG that 1, 932 Corps members were undergoing the programme with 1, 346 males and 586 females.

“The corps members have been behaving well since they arrived in the camp, though we presently have some health challenges.

She noted that one of the corps members has a mental problem while three others have asthmatic cases, but all have been referred to the hospital for adequate medical attention.

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Sokoto Increases Corps Members’ Allowances

Sokoto government has jacked up allowances of youth corps members serving in the state, with a pledge to begin immediate implementation of the new payment structure. Governor Aminu Tambuwal announced the new policy during the swearing- in ceremony of 2006 Batch ‘A’ Stream II corps members at the state NYSC orientation camp in Wamakko. He said the state government appreciates the services of corps members and government will continue to make their welfare a top priority.
Tambuwal said the new increase affects all categories of youth corps members, with those serving in medical line getting more funds than others. “Graduates of medicine will now be paid N50,000 monthly from the current amount of N36,000.
Pharmacists will now get N25,000, up from the N19,000 obtainable in the past, while graduates of laboratory science and other medical technicians like nurses are now entitled to monthly stipend of N15,000, up from the current N9,000 they are getting from the state government.
“In the same vein, graduates of social science and humanities will now be paid N5,000 monthly, from the previous N4,000 they received as state allawee (allowance).’’ While urging the corps members to reciprocate government’s gesture by being diligent in their areas of primary assignments, Tambuwal urged them to shun vices that would lead to breakdown of law and order and communal harmony. “I urge you to shun militancy, terrorism and cultism. I also invite you explore Sokoto and study its rich history, culture and people,” he added.
Meanwhile, Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello said it is wrong to scrap the NYSC as being clamoured for in some quarters, saying its primary objective is very relevant in the nation.
The governor, who stated this at the formal opening ceremony of the 2016 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) orientation course and swearing-in ceremony of corps members deployed to the state, noted that NYSC remains an enduring vehicle for national unity and integration. Against this backdrop, he urged the federal government to re-invigorate the scheme instead of scrapping it, stressing, “In my opinion, the primary objective of the scheme is to develop common ties among Nigerian youths and to promote national unity and integration and I feel this is still very relevant.”

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Sad! Corps Member Serving At Kaduna Hospital Dies Of Lassa Fever

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Dr. Ogboji Kelechi, has died of Lassa fever in Kaduna State. The Nation gathered that Dr. Kelechi who was serving at St Louis Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna State, contacted the disease from one of his patients.

He hailed from Ebonyi State.

The Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen JB Olawunmi, in a statement extolled the selfless service of the late medical doctor, while the DG described the deceased as an exceptional corps member who was fully dedicated to his duties and in the process paid the supreme price.

NYSC Explains Delayed Corps Members January Allowance

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday urged corps members to remain calm over delay in payment of their January allowance.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mrs Bose Aderibigbe, Director Media and Publicity of the corps, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

It attributed the delay to discrepancies in planning figures for 2016 from the NYSC, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, and the Ministry of Finance, respectively.

The statement said that the management of the scheme regretted the delay.

It assured that it was working to ensure all corps members received their allowance within a week.

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Corps Member Dies At NYSC Enugu Orientation Camp

A female Youth Corps member in the early hours of Today, Wednesday, 4th November, died in her sleep at the Enugu orientation camp.
Cause of her death still has not been ascertained, but activities in the camp have been suspended till further notice.
The deceased who lost her mum, reported late for camp owing to her staying back for the burial, which was conducted last week. On reaching the orientation camp, she was initially rejected over late
coming but was later considered and registered for the service year.
Some drugs are said to have been found in her bag.

Lord rest her soul!

NYSC Secures N200 Million For Corps Members

Director General of National Youth Corps Service, NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi, has disclosed that the scheme had secured over N200 million bank facilities to be accessed by corps members as a start-up capital in businesses.

Olawumi revealed this shortly after he met with Commander, Guard Brigade, Brigadier-General Musa Sanni Yusuf, to forge collaboration on skills acquisition programme for serving corps members in Abuja.

To this end, the DG directed the NYSC Director, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, Mrs Mary Dan-Abia, to commence partnership with the brigade’s skills acquisition centre in Keffi, Nassarawa State.

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Buhari Charges Corps Members To Be Ambassadors Of Change

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged corps members across the country to see themselves as ambassadors of positive change in the course of their national assignment.

The president gave the charge yesterday at the swearing in ceremony of Batch A (stream-two) corps members at the Ogun State NYSC Orientation Camp, Sagamu.

Delivering the president’s address, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun represented by the secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, maintained that corps members “must have attitudinal change towards social ills which have impeded the peace and progress of the nation for too long.”

“You must give your best. You must avoid indulging in crimes and other negative vices that impede our collective efforts to move the nation forward. The quest for peace and progress has been disrupted and frustrated by social ills, many of them perpetrated by young people,” he said.


FG Committed To Security, Welfare Of Corps Members- NYSC DG

The Director General of the National Youths Service Corps ( NYSC), Johnson Olawumi, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the welfare and security of corps members across the country.

He made the remark on Tuesday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Wamakko, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government of Sokoto State when he addressed the 2015 batch “A” corps members deployed to the state and those undergoing three weeks orientation.

Olawumi said “the Federal Government is doing its best to adequately fund the NYSC scheme, while other stakeholders complement these efforts.

“The NYSC management remains committed to the welfare of corps members and will never deviate from doing so.”

He advised the corps members to imbibe qualities that would lead to the realisation of their potential

as prospective leaders of the country.

The director-general also urged the corps members to draw inspiration from the feats achieved by statesmen like General Yakubu Gowon, the founder of the scheme.

He said “you should also emulate other leaders like the Sultan of Sokoto and others, and you must be ready to make similar sacrifices made by those great leaders.

“Becoming a statesman is not easy; you must imbibe the virtues of honesty, loyalty, integrity, hard work and sacrifice for the good of your country.

“All the leaders you see did not get there overnight, they got there through hard work.”

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Automatic Employment To Corps Members Who Marry State Indigenes- Gov. Al-Makura

Gov.Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state on Tuesday, promised automatic employment to any newly deployed corps member who marries an indigene of the state. He made the pledge while addressing 2015 NYSC Batch ‘A’ corp members, during their swearing in- ceremony at Magaji Dan Yamusa permanent NYSC Orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

He said that inter-marriage by corps members would not only foster unity, also promote peaceful co-existence among the people of the state and others states of the federation. He congratulated the corps members for the successful completion of their academic programmes at their various institutions of learning.

“I urge you to use the lessons and experience you gained during this orientation course to develop yourselves, your host communities, the state and the Nigeria at large.

“You should see yourselves as agent of positive change in the society. “I want to advise you to discharge your duties without fear or favour, and relate freely with your host communities. “I promise automatic employment to any NYSC Batch ‘A’ corps member who marries an indigenes in order to promote peaceful co-existence among the people of the state and others states of the country.” Al-Makura said.

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Corps Members Complain Of Poor Registration Process

Members of the National Youth Service Corps have continued to lament the inability to do their registration online. Some say the online registration process is not adequately functional.

Reports say some of the corps members are being asked to leave the camp in Edo State due to the inability of the scanner to read their finger print.

“Some also have the wrong state on their call up letters as well as series of errors made due to the online method adopted by the authorities of the NYSC. Please help bring this to the notice of the government and public,” a source wrote.

One of the major requirements for NYSC 2015 online registration is to ensure the Cyber cafe or computer in use is installed with Digital Persona Fingerprint scanner which is required to capture fingerprint.


Three Corps Members Arrested For Selling Ballot Papers

It is alleged that three members belonging to the National Youth Service Corpse have been arrested for selling ballot papers and other election materials. The members served as adhoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission for the House of Assembly elections.

According to reports, they allegedly sold the ballot papers for N40 000 which included of two packets of ballot papers. This was revealed by the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini while reviewing the 2015 polls.

However investigations have commenced to determine what exactly happened with the two officers and have since been suspended.

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NYSC DG Tasks Rivers Politicians & Supporters On Peace, Assures Safety Of Corps Members

Politicians in Rivers and their supporters have been advised to ensure that peace prevailed in the state during the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday. Director- General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Johnson Olawumi, gave the advice on Thursday in Port Harcourt while addressing NYSC members in the state. “I want to use this opportunity to call on politicians in Rivers state that they should please plead with their supporters not to perpetrate violence during the elections,” he said.

Olawumi, however, assured no fewer than 4,631 corps members in the state, including those that would participate in the elections, of their safety. He urged them to go about their electoral duties without fear, saying that it was part of their national assignment. He advised the corps members against arguments with people on any issue whenever their lives were threatened. “When you are under threat; if anybody threatens you at gun point, don’t just argue, let him snatch whatever he wants to snatch way.

“Your security is paramount; go back and do your report and we make the report available to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and result of such place will be cancelled,” he said.

The director-general also advised the NYSC members to alert security agencies whenever they sensed danger to enable security personnel rescue them. “I want you to help us as far as your security is concerned. When you notice that something is going wrong, just quickly make a call and we will get people to come and rescue you,” he advised. He told the corps members to remain neutral while performing the electoral duties, saying, “we want you as much as possible to be very neutral, maintain your neutrality, do not be biased, perform your duty professionally”.

In his contribution, Koko Essien, Commander of 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, said dedicated security telephone numbers of military personnel on patrol duty would be passed to NYSC members on election duty. According to him, once a call comes from any of three dedicated lines, the patrol team will know it is from an NYSC member in distress and will go for rescue operation. Essien advised the corps members not to wait until they were in danger before making calls to the numbers, saying “you should call the moment you sense danger”.

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NYSC Denies Death Of Corps Members In Gombe

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied that any corps member was killed on election duty in  Gombe State. This was contained in a statement signed by NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations. Bose Aderibigbe.

 Aderigbigbe said the reports that youth corps members were killed were false. She said that the two persons who lost their lives   were INEC’s ad-hoc staff and not corps members.

The management of the NYSC, however, commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the said attack.

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2015 Election: Security Tips For Corpers by Anjuwon Oluwole

As we approach the general elections, Corp Members are high valuable assets to the success of the election, as almost every serving Corp Member would participate as electoral officers.

However, it’s pertinent for Corp Members to adhere strictly to some basic personal election security tips, as our nation is no longer safe for any individual not even the security officers, as in the case where the ‘Ombatse’ cult group killed 10 DSS and over 80 police officers in Nasarawa, and all we heard was the DSS Director General saying the DSS has handed the cult group to the Almighty God for vengeance.

This simply tells you that in Nigeria, that after God, you are responsible for you own security. Therefore, the follows tips are necessary for you to take note of. 1. Most Electoral Violence Happens After The Election. In the history of Nigerian elections, most violent acts would always come up after results have been declared in favour of a particular candidate. Therefore be prepared for what would happen after the results would have been announced.

2. Don’t Go Home After The Election. This may sound odd, but it’s necessary you do not go home, especially if you are serving in one of the states which are prone to violence. Most Corp members who were killed during the 2011 electoral violence were in the vicinity of their houses when the unfortunate incident happened. The safest place to stay after the elections is the local government which always serves as the collating centre, therefore there would be high concentration of armed security men at these collation centres. Also, prepare a small package of your basic toiletries, clothes and adequate cash that would last you for 3 days or more to stay in or around the Local Government office. If you are serving in a less developed state, it’s important you take this very seriously. Also remember other traditional secure point the NYSC would have given you as safe houses/places. 3. Study Your Local Government/State Of Deployment. Have a fore knowledge of the history of pre and post electoral violence in the Local Government and State you are deployed to. The northern region is notoriously known for post-electoral violence, but the same might be witnessed in the South-South region this time around. States to watch out for are all the 19 Northern States, and others especially Kano, Lagos, Rivers, Ogun and Imo.

4. Watchout For The Gubernatorial Election. Although attention seems to be on the Presidential Election, it’s however pertinent for you to take precautionary actions to protect yourself during the gubernatorial elections also, because local politicians are always more concerned about the governorship election than the national one. 5. Protect The Election Process But Not Foolishly. Although at least a security personnel would be at every polling unit, so as to ensure the smooth running of the electioneering process, this would not stop troublesome party members from fomenting trouble based on issues they feel aggrieved about. However, as a possible presiding officer of your Polling Unit, it’s important you perform your duties justly. If violence would occur in your Polling Unit, stand aside, watch and be ready to move away if the security agencies cannot control the situation.

6. Address Party Agents And Eligible Voters At Your Polling Unit. On your arrival at your polling unit, it’s important you talk to the party agents, and tell them you need their support for the process to run smoothly. Also address eligible voters in a respectful manner on how the process would go, what you require of them, and tell them your desire to ensure that Nigerians have a free and fair election. While addressing the voters, make use of the words ‘daddy and mummy’ as this would strike their conscience to emotionally cooperate with you. Finally, do remember that security tips are no way exhaustive, therefore, be on the guard always as you serve our fatherland. God will keep you safe.

 Anjuwon Oluwole @tweetjuwon


134 000 Corps Members to Participate in Polls

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi has said that about 134 000 corps members have registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be used in the conduct of  the forthcoming election.

Olawumi  explained that although at the end of the exercise, about 168 000 corps members registered to participate in the poll, among them were 34 000 of the Batch A who had passed out on February 19 and will not participate as corps members but ad hoc staff of INEC.

“INEC asked interested corps members who want to participate in the election to register online. At the end of the registration, there were about 168 000 registered.

“We always have three batches of corps members and because the election was slated then for February 14, the Batch A of last year that registered and were supposed to participate in the election passed out February 19.

Our plan initially was that they would participate in the process but when the election was postponed, we saw that we could not keep them or we would violate the NYSC Act. They numbered about 34 000”.

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How INEC Intends to Protect Corps Members During Election

National Youth Service Corps members who would be participating in the 2015 general elections have been assured of their safety during and after the elections.

This assurance has been stressed by both the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission

Speaking with newsmen, The Director General of the NYSC scheme, Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, said provision has been placed on ground to ensure the protection of lives of NYSC members before, during and after the electoral activities.

He revealed that the NYSC was partnering with some Nigeria security agencies to see that the lives of all the corps members are protected and also to ensure that their welfare and logistics were adequately taken care of during the election.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Comminnisoner in Cross River State, Dr Okay Ezeanyi, while visiting the NYSC secretariat in the state, equally assured corps members that they would be secure. “It is the duty of INEC to provide adequate security for corps members, who will be used as ad hoc staff for the 2015 elections.”

While advising corps members to be of good conduct during the 2015 elections activities, Dr. Ezeanyi noted that they would be paid for their services.


Are Corpers Fit to Teach?

Teachers’ schools and training are considered to be highly essential and relevant to maintaining quality education within a society.
What then happens when the learned are positioned to carry out the responsibilities of the trained? Conversing with professional teachers, I was made to understand that they are trained to know the psychology of teaching students, varying from children to adults.
This teaching job is not as easy as most of us assume it to be. It has been said that a trained teacher may end up knowing the children more than their parents would put together. Thus, these teachers are trained to have a “relationship” with their students, which eventually results to imparting knowledge and exchange of cordial friendship.
Now, so because we have a system that requires its plenty graduates to render national service for a year, is enough reason to throw them to our classrooms?
Corps members may have the degree, yes; but forgetting that the training requirement that qualifies an individual to stand and teach before a classroom is lacking.
Could this be the reason why our WAEC results have been awfully represented? I found out that a corper who served in Lagos taught both English language and Literature to student in JSS 1 to SSS 3 and was made exam officer of the school. Now the corp member may be highly knowledgeable on both subjects, but the question is, does he possess the skills required to communicate these knowledge to the students?
Maybe corpers should undergo some sort of training before they storm into classrooms and if that arrangement cannot be met, then another alternative should be considered because one cannot be too certain if corpers are fit to teach.
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Development on the Disorder in PH NYSC Camp

More reports from the NYSC orientation camp in Port Harcourt provides that the furious protest by NYSC corps members has resulted into throwing of  the “nonesense food” given to them by the camp coordinators.

According to a corps member, corpers have matched to the state coordinator’s lodge for further enquiries into why they have not been paid their first “allowee”, while others have finally resolved to express their frustration by throwing away the breakfast that was served to them from the camp kitchen, addressing it as “nonsense food”.

The state coordinator is seen in the photo addressing corps members in a blue shirt, positioned at the centre of the photo.

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