NYSC To Commence Batch ‘A’ Stream 2 Orientation Course June 13

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja on Monday said the Batch ‘A’ stream II Orientation Course would commence on Monday, June 13, and end on Wednesday, June 29.

The information is contained in a statement signed by the NYSC Director of Press, Mrs Bose Aderibigbe.

The statement urged prospective corps members to log on to the NYSC portal to commence printing of call-up letters from Tuesday, June 7, by 2p.m. as the earlier printed call-up letters were invalid. It said that those who did not subscribe for online printing should start collection of call-up letters from Thursday, June 9, from their various institutions of graduation.


The statement said the scheme had concluded necessary arrangements to hold the exercise after the Federal Government approved and released funds to it. It thanked all stakeholders for exercising patience and wished all prospective corps members a hitch free orientation.

Batch A Orientation Commences April 27 – NYSC DG

The  2016 Batch ‘A’ Orientation exercise of the  National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) will commence on April 27, 2016, the Director General, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, said yesterday.
He said in a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations Department, Abosede Aderigbibe, that the scheme solicited the usual support of the police force in the protection of orientation camps.   He called for deeper relationship between the scheme and the police,  saying: “Two heads are better than one so, there is strength in collaboration.”
Credit: dailytrust

Olawale Rotimi: Identity Crisis Among Africans

In this jet age, it is difficult to tell who an African is, the standards that define an African are uneasy to define, as foreign cultures, languages, and philosophies have strongly influenced us to the extent that majority of Africans have abandoned African cultures and languages to imbibe foreign cultures and languages. Therefore, welcome to Africa; a continent where Africans travel to Europe and America to study African culture and languages; Welcome to Africa, a continent with vast agro-ecology and resources, yet her people takes pride in importing foreign food items; Welcome to Africa, a continent where her people abandon their beautiful and unique attires, tag them as archaic to purchase non-African attires; Welcome to Africa, where our mother tongues are forbidden in schools and official gatherings, while foreign languages are the best to understand and speak. Welcome to Africa, a continent where the culture is regarded as barbaric and neglected by her own people and foreign cultures are elevated; Oh welcome to Africa, a continent where children are raised with foreign languages as evidence of civilization. This may be strange, but this is the African experience.

I have travelled to a few African countries, there’s a collective ignorance that I see in majority of us which makes us underestimate our identities, and take pride in foreign identities. The disconnect between Africans and their cultures have been traced to a few things which include: colonialism, western education, and influence of foreign media content.  Some are of the view that the colonial masters robbed us of our culture by introducing their own cultural values; their philosophies were used to suppress our cultural standards. Further to this, some are of the view that the introduction of western education consisting of western oriented curriculum, our culture, languages and belief systems gave way, as teachings relegated the efficacy of the African culture to Africans. In this age, others believe western media stripped us of our culture. Anyone of these might have influenced the identity crisis faced by Africans today, but we must carefully understand that, our cultural values, belief system and language cannot be restored by blaming a particular race or group of people; after all, none of these foreign cultures were forced on Africans.

The worse irony! Africans abandon free access to their cultures and travel to Europe and America to study African culture with bogus fees. Interestingly, some of these courses in African culture are taught by white people who came to Africa to learn the same culture Africans leave their own soil to study overseas. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in its forecast had warned that if nothing is done, half of 6000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the on-going challenge confronting African languages, the continent may have larger share in this forecast. Today, majority of African schools do not offer African languages as a subject. Since foreign languages are the official languages in Africa, our daily communications largely depend on them. More and more, our mother tongues become less relevant. However, UNESCO stated that well-planned and implemented language policies can bolster the on-going efforts of speaker communities to maintain or revitalize their mother tongues and pass them to younger generations. Thus, beyond blames, conscious efforts must be made by Africans to revive their languages and culture.

The diversity and value of African identities should serve as strength in a globalised world.  Also, promotion of African contents in our media is very important in reinventing our cultural values. Being African is more than where you were born or grew up; it’s a state of understanding our cultural values, living them and speaking the languages. If Africans do not reinvent their cultures, we will continue to travel overseas and pay high fees in foreign schools to learn our cultures and languages, we will continue to read our history written by foreigners. We must liberate ourselves mentally and celebrate our identities instead of celebrating foreign identities, foreign way of speaking, dressing, eating e.t.c. no culture is superior to the other.

Olawale Rotimi

BA, MA Ilorin, DELF Paris

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

FG To Begin Campaign Against African-Time Syndrome — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says a nation-wide campaign against indiscipline, African-time syndrome and loss of social norms and values will begin before the end of the year.

Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at a strategic planning meeting he held with the chief executives of agencies and other top management staff of the ministry in Abuja.

“You are welcome to this meeting, which I have convened to present to you the template for the massive, nationwide reorientation campaign to be embarked upon by this ministry very soon.

“Those invited to this meeting have been painstakingly selected because I believe they have the necessary expertise to help drive the campaign.

“However, let me state unequivocally, that everyone in the Ministry of Information and Culture as well as its parastatals, is key to the campaign.

“This is because as the lead ministry, we must first buy into the campaign and own it before we can propagate it.’’

The minister said that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) would spearhead the campaign to ensure positive change of attitude, values and behaviours of Nigerians.

“As I have said on several occasions, the National Orientation Agency will be in the forefront of the campaign, because it is in line with its mandate to positively change attitudes, values and behaviours.

“Make no mistake about it, we need to change the way we do things in Nigeria.

“It is important to let our people know that they cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result.

“The impending campaign must take on indiscipline, the lack of respect for time, loss of our time-tested values and generally lead to attitudinal change in such a way that there will be a paradigm shift in the way we do things.

“This is also in line with my vision as Minister of Information and Culture.’’

According to him, the ministry has put enormous work into the presentations that it is about to showcase.

He stated that the presentations should be considered the template for the campaign.

“But feel free to critique them and make suggestions so that the campaign can be ready on time for its launch this year unfailingly,’’ the minister added.