Council Bosses Charge NYSC Members On National Development, Security

The Chairman of Atakumosa West Central Local Council Development Area, Honourable Anthony Adeboye and his counterpart from Ayedaade Local Government, Hon. Abdulateef Adewale have charged the National Youth Service Corps members across the country to see their one year mandatory service as a call to service by contributing their own quota to national development.

Adeboye and Adewale gave the charges in their various council secretariats in Ifewara and Gbongan respectively while receiving the Batch A 2017/2018 corps members posted to the councils.

Adeboye who urged the corps members to serve their fatherland with dedication, diligence, loyalty and sense of patriotism enjoined them to feel at home and feel free to relate with people of their host community whom he described as kind, loving and friendly.

While assuring them that their security and welfare would be given topmost priority, the council boss admonished the corps members to be law abiding citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Hon. Adeboye warned them to shun partisan politics and urged them to be faithful, loyal and honest in whatever capacity they are called upon to serve their country.

He encouraged them to be enterprising, resourceful and visionary and that they should see beyond their primary assignment.

The council helmsman cited the example of an ex-corps member in lfewara who, aside his primary assignment acquired acres of virgin land and ventured into a large scale farming and has now settled in the ancient town as a successful farmer after his service year.

Responding, the council’s Corpers’ Liaison Officer ( CLO), Mr. Victor Afolayan thanked the council authority for the warm reception accorded the new corps members and promised that they  would always uphold the ideals of the NYSC.

Besides, the Chairman, Ayedaade Local Government, Hon. Abdulateef Adewale assured the corps members in his council of the government commitment to guarantee their security, urging them to also be security-conscious.

The council boss further advised the corps members to be hardworking and committed to duty, just as he encouraged them to cooperate with their bosses when they get to their places of primary assignment.

Alhaji Yinusa Olalekan, the Ayedaade council manager, in his address advised the corps members to manage their time and use their service year to achieve something tangible.

The council manager advised them to ensure that they gainfully engage themselves through appropriate entrepreneurship before expecting what the government would do.

One of the corps members, Iheanacho Edward appreciated the Ayedaade council chairman and the council manager for their words of encouragement, assuring that they would take to the advice given to them.

New Allowance Coming For Corps Members- DG NYSC

The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Sulaimon Kazaure, has said that the allowance being currently paid to corps members monthly is inadequate to provide for their needs.

Kazaure revealed while speaking with journalists on Monday in Kano state after the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members.

The DG said that there was a plan to increase monthly allowance of corps members.

He said, “Our efforts to ensure that the monthly allowance of the corps members is increased have yielded a very good result following series of discussion with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.

“The N18,800 paid to corps members is grossly inadequate to cater for their needs during the mandatory one year service to the nation.

“The federal government had set-up a committee to look into the upward review of the minimum wage which will determine the increase of the corps members’ allowance.”

“We have been assured that when the new minimum wage takes effect, also the corps members allowance will be reviewed upward,”

See Yourselves As Agents Of ‘Change’ Mantra, Aregbesola Tells Corps Members 

By Toba Adedeji
The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has implored corps members to be the best in making the country proud and see themselves as agents of ‘Change’ mantra of the APC government.
Aregbesola made this known at the Swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Corps Members in National Youth Service Corp permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, State of Osun on Monday.
According to Aregbesola’s message to the corps members, he said, “I urge you to maintain discipline and decorum in camp and participate vigorously in all the activities of the orientation programme and throughout your service year.
“You should be the best the country would be proud of and see yourselves as agents of our ‘change’ mantra. You must shun corruption and other vices and instead embrace integrity and humility. To be great leaders tomorrow, you must lay a solid foundation today.”
Aregbesola who was represented by the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement in the State of Osun, Mrs. Mofolake Adegboyega also commended the scheme for the values it has added so far.
He said,  “Over the years, these founding objectives have been vigorously and successfully implemented. Thousands of youths, mobilized under the scheme, have contributed immensely to the growth and development of our country. Besides promoting national unity and integration, the NYSC scheme has also become a viable tool for the implementation of critical national development programmes.
The State Coordinator of NYSC, Emmanuel Attah also disclosed that at the end of the Batch ‘A’ registration in Ede, the scheme registered 1188 male and 1223 females.
He admonished the corps members that the call for National Service is a clarion call to sacrifice, humility and dedicated service to our nation.
“As a highly skilled segmented of the youthful population of our country from different geographical, social and religious backgrounds, your amenability to tolerance and peaceful coexistence with one another will always remain a reliable barometer to measure the pressure of our national cohesion. You must, therefore; not let our nation down,” He said.

NYSC Extends Registration Of Batch ‘A’ Corpers

National Youth Service Corps have extended the registration of the Batch A stream II prospective Corps Members.

The announcement of the extension of registration was made via NYSC’s Twitter handle.

NYSC HQ Nigeria@nysc_ng

This is to inform 2018 Batch “A” Prospective Corps Members that Online Registration has been extended to Tuesday 10th April, 2018.

 The agency had earlier notified prospective corps members that the registration portal will be open from Monday, March 26, 2018, and will close on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

However, the portal will now remain open till today,  April 10, 2018.

Osun Govt Dismisses Report Of Attack On NYSC Corps Members

  • Says Hoodlums, Not Students Attack School

Osun state government has explained that hoodlums and not students allegedly attacked the Osogbo High School where some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were serving in 2017, saying that at no time did students of the school attack any NYSC member.

The government in a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young said, it has eliminated cultism in public schools, as he also stated that there was no official complaint or withdrawal of corps members from any school from the NYSC Directorate office before the report.

According to Omotunde-Young, the alleged attacked school was the old Osogbo High School with porous and broken down fence at its far end at the back.

Omotunde-Young stated that the school was besieged sometime in 2017 by hoodlums who found accommodation in some abandoned buildings around the premises adjoining the school at the rear.

He added that the government reported the presence and activities of the hoodlums to the State Security Service and Police who restored order through arrests, prosecution and surveillance since 2017.

The commissioner wondered why incident that happened almost a year ago, with no official complaint by NYSC that any corps members were ever endangered, could be a subject of complaint and media syndication in March 2018.

Omotunde-Young said the school has adequate number of full time teachers and N-Power volunteer teachers who have continued to do their work without hinderance or danger, stating that the school has not made request for NYSC Corps member neither as it been turned down.

He said the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is committed to promoting quality and functional education and the welfare of the corps members in the state.

The statement reads in part: “Osun has eliminated cult activities and hooliganism from its Elementary, Middle and High schools and have been greatly commended for these.

“Osun has been acknowledged and commended locally and by international agencies for its successes at undertaking substantial reform of the school system, with new world class school infrastructure, decentralisation of management through creation of Senatorial Districts headed by Tutor Generals/PSs’, and strict quality enforcement and re-orientation of students through the newly established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency.”

“The government of Rauf Aregbesola has delivered 9 world class High schools each with capacity to accommodate 3000 students and another 2 of these are to be delivered in two months. These schools are state-of-the-arts and provide secure environments for learning. In addition 25 world class Middle schools and 22 world class Elementary schools have been delivered.

“It has also carried out renovations on hundreds of schools, delivering more than 1,694 standard classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools. More than 12,000 qualitative teachers have been employed by the Aregbesola administration to boost manpower in the school system.

“Osun is acknowledged as one of the safest states in the country due to the state government’s commitment to security of lives and property.

“The government will continue to support NYSC as it is doing in its more than 1000 schools and assures the NYSC and all cadets of the state government’s commitment to their best interest.”

Cultists Attack Corps Member In Bayelsa

A corps member has lost his hand at the youth corps members’ lodge at Angalabiri community, Sagbama Local Government of Bayelsa State after suspected cultists over the weekend attacked the quarters and in the process, chopped off the hand of one Luntis Julius from Taraba State.

Narrating what happened, a corps member who spoke on condition of anonimity said they are now at the mercy of hoodlums in the area.

“We are at the mercy of hoodlums. Female corps members are harassed on a daily basis.”the corps member said

Confirming the attack, the spokesperson of the Bayelsa police command, Butswat Asinim, said the information made available to him suggests the attack is a case of burglary. Asinim said the hoodlums stole the corps members’ belongings and attacked one of them with a machete. The spokesperson said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack.

According to reports, the suspected cult members attacked the NYSC members at about 2am on Saturday. Wielding matchets and other dangerous objects, they carted away phones, laptops and other personal belongings of the corps members.

 

 

Osun Govt Dismisses Report Of Attack On NYSC Corps Members

-Says Hoodlums, not Students Attack School Where NYSC Members Were Serving

The State government  of Osun has explained that hoodlums, and not students allegedly attacked the Osogbo High School where some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were serving in 2017, saying that at no time did students of the school attack any NYSC member.

The government in a press statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young on Friday, said it has eliminated cultism in it the public schools, stated that there was no official complaint or withdrawal of corps members from any school from the NYSC Directorate before the report.

According to Omotunde-Young, the alleged attacked school was old Osogbo High School with porous and broken down fence at its far end at the back.
Omotunde-Young stated that the school was besieged sometime in 2017 by hoodlums who found accommodation in some abandoned buildings around the premises adjoining the school at the back.

He added that the government reported the presence and activities of the hoodlums to the State Security Service and Police who restored order through arrests, prosecution and surveillance since 2017.

The commissioner wondered why incident that happened almost a year ago, with no officially complaint by NYSC that any corps members was ever endangered, could be a subject of complaint and media syndication in March 2018.

Omotunde-Young said the school has adequate number of full time teachers and N-Power volunteer teachers who have continued to do their work without hindrance or danger, stating that the school has not made request for NYSC Corps member or been turned down.

He said the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is committed to promotion of quality and functional education and the welfare of the corps members in the state.

The statement reads in part: “Osun has eliminated cult activities and hooliganism from its Elementary, Middle and High schools and have been commended severally for this.

“Osun has been acknowledged and commended locally and by international agencies for its success at undertaking substantial reform of the school system, with new world class school infrastructure, decentralisation of management through creation of Senatorial Districts headed by Tutor Generals/PSs, and strict quality enforcement and reorientation of ‎students through the newly established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency.”

“The government of Rauf Aregbesola has delivered 9 world class high schools each with capacity for 3000 students and another 2 of these are to be delivered in two months. These schools are state of the art and provide secure environments for learning. In addition 25 world class middle Schools and 22 world class Elementary schools have been delivered.

“It has also carried out renovations on hundreds of schools, delivering more than 1,694 standard classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools. More than 12,000 teachers have been employed by the Aregbesola administration to boost manpower in the school system.

“Osun is acknowledged as one of the safest states in the country due to government’s commitment to security of lives and property.

“The government will continue to support NYSC as it is doing in its more than 1000 schools and assures the NYSC and all cadets of the government’s commitment to their best interest.”

 

Zamfara Promises To Restore NYSC Monthly Allowances

The Zamfara State Government has promised to restore the montly allowances to National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) members serving in the state.

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Skills Acquisition, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-bore on Wednesday in Gusau at the 2018 corps employers workshop organised by the state NYSC office stressing that it was part of its commitments to improve the welfare of the corps members.

The state government stopped the payment of the allowance in 2015. Gurbin-bore, who is the Chairman of the state NYSC Governing Board, said that the government had recognised the contributions the NYSC scheme had brought to the development of the state.

“That is why the board is working with all stakeholders towards improving the welfare of the corps members in the state.

“Apart from efforts we are making to restore the state government allowance for corps members, we are also making efforts to improve the standard of the facilities at the NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Tsafe.

“You know, we have concluded the first phase of the renovation of the camp; we are also striving to get approval for the second phase of the renovation project.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend all corps employers in the state for not only accepting the corps members posted to them, but also fulfilling their responsibilities of providing accommodation or paying money in lieu,’’ he said.

In her keynote address, Mrs Amoni Ada who represented the Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, said that the workshop was one of the activities of the scheme, to strengthen mutual capacity for effective management of the corps members.

“Therefore, the corps employers’ workshop is not only to appreciate the enduring partnership between the scheme and employers, but also to identify the challenges in corps administration and proper solutions,’’she said.

Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Hajiya Walida Isa described the forum as a medium to intimate the employers of the new policy thrust and procedure with regard to the day-to-day operations of the scheme.

“This workshop with the employers will provide a better understanding of the NYSC and not just stories based, but on interactions with corps members posted to them.

“I am grateful to state here that over the years, the NYSC management in Zamfara has been having hitch free working relationship with all corps employers”, he said.

 

Enugu Increases NYSC State Allowance For Members Serving In Healthcare Facilities

The Enugu State Government has announced that it has increased the allowances of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in primary healthcare facilities in rural areas in the state.

This was revealed through the commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, in Enugu on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.

Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30, 000 monthly from the state government as against N3,800 being given to them currently.

Similarly, he said, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, laboratory scientists and statisticians would receive a monthly stipend of N20,000.

He announced that the government also planned to review the service condition and welfare of other set of corps members in the state.

The commissioner explained that the increase in allowances of the corps members serving in health facilities was to further ensure that health services were taken close to rural dwellers.

“The government has approved that each corps member selected to work as a medical doctor in government hospital in the rural areas will get a monthly stipend of N30, 000.

“All of these will cost the government extra N31.2 million per annum but it is an expense that is worth it. It is to ensure that health facilities are available at the door steps of our people,” he said.

Anikwe said that the government noted the challenges of getting medical personnel to work health facilities in rural communities and decided on the incentive.

According to him, the council decided that one sure way to solve the problem is to get health personnel from the NYSC who will be encouraged with an increased stipend.

The commissioner said that the state government had invested much in rural communities and would want such facilities to have direct impact on the inhabitants.

“Before now, Enugu had a peculiar problem because the state was paying a certain amount as allowance and it led to an influx of youth corps members from all over the country, wanting to serve here.

“It then became impossible for the state government to continue to sustain that stipend because we are not out of the woods yet.

“So, we are not unmindful of what to do for corps members but everything we are doing, we check our purse.

“I am sure that as the finances of the state government improves, we will come to a point where everybody is given an allowance that enables them cope with the condition of life in the country,” he said.

Anikwe said that the government was first looking at very critical sectors, adding that others would follow soon.

He said that the governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was passionate about making residents of the state competitive and healthy “and that is why his economic blueprint traversed the entire state”.

Also, Commissioner for Works, Mr Greg Nnaji, said that the state government had approved the renovation and upgrade of eight district hospitals across the state.

Nnaji said that the gesture was to reduce the pressure on secondary health facilities in the state and to ensure that residents did not have to travel to the state capital for medical attention.

He said that such hospitals and clinics would now wear new looks while modern health equipment would be installed in them.

All youth corps members posted to rural communities of the state are paid monthly stipend of N3,800 each.

 

NYSC Confirms Killing Of Corps Member By Gunmen

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) through its State Coordinator in Nasarawa State has confirmed the shooting of a corps member, Ogbu Garuba, by gunmen in Benue state to newsmen yesterday in Lafia.

She said Garuba, a 2017 Batch A corps member is serving at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK)

“He was shot by unknown gunmen late December when he visited his family in Utonkon village in Ado local government area.”

The official, who said Garuba was shot in the knee and arm but survived and recuperating, added that corps member’s younger brother did not survive the attack.

She noted that the incident was unknown to the NYSC till some days ago when Garuba solicited support on social media.

She explained that after investigation, the NYSC found that the corps member did not report what happened to him because he travelled out of the state without permission.

 

NYSC Suspends Orientation Course In Benue

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) announced that the 2017 Batch ‘B’ stream II orientation course scheduled to hold in Benue from Jan. 16 to Feb. 5 has been suspended till further notice.

The announcement was made on its official Facebook page in Abuja on Sunday.

It said that a new date would be communicated in due course to prospective corps members deployed to the state for the orientation.

“The NYSC management wishes to inform all prospective corps members deployed to Benue and Taraba states that the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course scheduled to hold in Benue camp has been suspended.

“A new date will be communicated to you in due course. All inconveniences are highly regrettable,” the scheme said.

Earlier, the NYSC had issued a statement that the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course would hold in only 15 camps nationwide.

The camps were in Abia, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Enugu, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Rivers and the FCT.