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.

 

 

Osun To Pay NYSC Members Allowance Arrears

The State Government of Osun has directed all relevant agencies in the state to begin ‎necessary processes and modalities for offsetting the arrears of the monthly stipend owe past and present members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who served (and are still serving) in Osun.

The government also directed tax collecting agencies in the state to use all means necessary to obtain cooperation of professional groups in paying their taxes and enforce all relevant laws on taxation.

The directive was contained in a statement issued and made available to journalists in Osogbo, by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, after the end of the weekly ‎State Executive Council meeting, held at Executive Council Chamber, Governors Office, Osogbo.

The Council frowned at the way and manner at which some professional groups in the state have not been cooperating with the state’s tax administrators, saying no effort would be spared in ensuring that taxable organisations and individuals are made to meet their civic responsibilities.

The Council called on the organisations and individuals doing business in Osun to begin to realise that taxation is the basis of government sustenance and that the State Government was fully determined to collect its revenue to the last kobo and bring the full weight of the law to bear on any defaulter.

According to the statement, “Council examined the report on outstanding allowance of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, past and present, posted to Osun, and directed that the processes and modalities for offsetting the arrears be started immediately.

“Council also received report that some professional groups in the state have not been co-operating with the state’s tax administrators. It condemned the act of non-payment of tax and urged the groups to cooperate with the tax agencies and obey the state’s tax laws forthwith.

“Council urged all organisations and individuals doing business in Osun to realise that taxation is the basis of government sustenance and the State Government of Osun is fully determined to collect its revenue to the last kobo and bring the full weight of the law to bear on any defaulter.

‎‎The state condemned in its entirety the un-hygienic culture among some residents in the state, saddened over the reports that some residents have been adamant and have continued to dump refuse on road medians in major cities in the state, in spite of government’s efforts at clearing them regularly.

Council held that if dumping of refuse at the median is not stopped, it is capable of reversing the gains made by government in ridding the state of filth.

‎According to the statement, “Council consequently directed law enforcement agencies, particularly the Civil Defence Corps, sanitary inspectors and members of community development associations in the state to apprehend these saboteurs and make them to face the full wrath of the law.

“The governor was commended by Council on his presentation of the 2018 budget to the State House of Assembly – for the people friendliness of the budget in conception and his detailed explanation of all the issues and ideas behind the facts and figures.

“The governor was also commended by council on how he handled the industrial action embarked upon by labour unions in the state, particularly for granting their demands satisfactorily and limiting work boycott by workers to four days”.

 

NYSC Health Professionals Charged To Protect Themselves

Medical Doctors and other health practitioners who are members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) deployed to the State of Osun have been charged to ensure they take appropriate steps to be protected from communicable diseases like Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM).

This charge was given by the Executive Secretary of the State of Osun Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Kayode Ogunniyi while addressing members of the 2017 Batch B, Stream 1 who are health practitioners at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ede during the NYSC For CSM Immunization campaign.

Ogunniyi stressed the importance of the NYSC health practitioners to always do the needful which include getting immunised against Meningitis.

According to him, “Health practitioners were always amongst the vulnerable, especially during the Ebola and Lassa fever epidemics which ravaged the country some years back.

“Doctors and other health workers were more affected and therefore, as health professionals protect others, they should also protect themselves”.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ogunniyi who personally vaccinated some corp members called on others who had not availed themselves the opportunity to do so, as the exercise was free after which they would be duly given a certificate indicating that they had been cleared.

He also advised NYSC members to aspire to involve themselves in useful endeavours so that at the end of their service to the nation, they would have something worthwhile to call an achievement.

In his response, Assistant Director, Corp Welfare and Health, NYSC Osun State; Chief Tunde Faderin, revealed that the scheme had gone far because of the exigency of the time.

Faderin revealed that corp members were trained on skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme.

“After camp, corp members are encouraged to continue their training with their mentors which are available in all the local government areas.

“Unlike the NYSC camp where the training is free for one week, outside the camp, they will be required to pay a token for their post camp training.

“The aim of this programme is to make corp members creators of wealth and jobs and not to conclude the national service and start searching for jobs”.

NYSC: Corps Members Will Not Be Posted To Insecure Areas — DG

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has said it will not post corps members to any area where there is security breach.

The corps said this in a press statement Tuesday afternoon.

According to the statement, NYSC Director-General, Sulaiman Kazaure, said the security of corps members is a priority to the management of the scheme.

It said Mr. Kazaure stated this while addressing 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Corps Members at NYSC Zamfara State Orientation Camp in Tsafe and also in Wamakko Orientation Camp, Sokoto State.

He urged the corps members to obey constituted authorities throughout their service year.

The DG warned them that their status as corps members is not an immunity against prosecution if they violate the laws of the country.

He advised them to be courteous while dealing with security officials, noting that nation-building is a collective effort of every citizen as he urged the corps members to contribute their quota as graduate citizens.

He urged the corp members to acquire entrepreneurship skills while in camp in order to avoid unemployment after the service year.

Mr. Kazaure urged corps members to respect the culture of their host communities, stressing that females should dress decently and avoid provocative dresses.

NYSC Sokoto State Coordinator, Musa Abubakar, informed the Director-General that the corps members had shown interest in acquiring vocational skills in order to become entrepreneurs.

The Batch B, Stream 1 corps members resumed orientation camps November 21 while the official closing ceremony is December 11.

Don’t Spend Your Strength On Frivolities, Aregbesola Admonishes Osun Corps Members

Toba Adedeji

 

Governor of State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has advised the 2017 Batch ‘B’ corps members deployed to the State to focus on capacity building to develop the country.

 

Speaking at Swearing in Ceremony of the 2017 Batch B Corps Members posted to Osun held at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ede on Thursday, Governor Aregbesola also decried the situation in which Nigerian Institutions only focus on certificate rather than skill acquisition.

 

He said, “You all will agree with me, that there is a need for focus on capacity building activities in our nation. The focus of our institutions has been on certification instead of skill enhancement and development of knowledge and competencies.

 

Aregbesola stressed that “This has compromised the quality of education. But, the National Youth Service Corps through the skill acquisition program has over the years provided a platform for the Nigerian graduates to develop skills and competencies capable of making you self reliant.”

 

“Individual success, however desirable and coveted, is not enough in itself. You have to be socially useful, innovative and have a multidisciplinary approach to do yourselves and the country proud.”

 

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega also commended the management and staff of NYSC in the state under the coordinator, Emmanuel Attah.

 

Attah in his remarks stated that out of 2,347 Corps Members mobilized for Batch ‘B’ 2017 in the State of Osun, 1,185 participants are male, 1,162 female while 45 have been granted instant relocation out of the State on marital and health grounds.

 

Attah told the corps members to be active players in nation building with their call up as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the socio economic growth of the country.

 

His words”I want you to see your mobilization as an opportunity to contribute your quota to the socioeconomic growth of our nation. Imbibe the mindset of what you can do for others and the nation at large.”

 

“There is no entity called “Nigeria”, we are Nigeria; unless we set aside our differences and see ourselves first as Nigerians before anything else, the nation will continue to wallow in obscure darkness. The camp is a mini Nigeria; were all tribes, religion and interest are represented, therefore, learn to live in love and be tolerant.”

NYSC Commences Sensitisation On Domestic Violence

By Abdullahi Omotayo

As part of the mission of NYSC Community Development Group to contribute to the growth of its society, the Gender Community Development Service Group of Osogbo local government has promised to spread the awareness and tackle domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking and injustice in the community of Osogbo.

President of the CDS group Fatima Pai, 2017,said “The group doesn’t have a past record or achievement because it is a new CDS group which was created during the 2017 batch A, stream 1 set.

She hereby disclosed the group’s goal as to spread the awareness on gender related issues such as child trafficking, Rape, child labour, domestic violence, child abuse and to also break the silence of victims going through any of these issues in order to be the voice for the voiceless and give hope to the oppressed.

Fatima added that letters have been written to various schools within the community to sensitize them on these gender related issues and on the part of the parent, the group has decided to visit various markets to discuss and enlighten the people on same issues.

NYSC: The Good, The Bad Of The System

The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has donated the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand naira to a Corps member, Ogunpaimo Kehinde, to enable her undergo a heart surgery. Kehinde, who is serving in Lagos State, and has been living on strong survival drugs for some time now, is due for surgery soon.

NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, presented her case to the National Directorate Headquarters of the Scheme. Following the approval of the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, the cheque of N3.5m was presented to her by Momoh in his office.

The Coordinator said the gesture was yet another illustration of Management’s concern for the welfare of Corps members. He wished her a successful surgery and quick recovery.

Receiving the cheque, Kehinde thanked the scheme for the assistance. She also appreciated the Coordinator for his role in bringing succour to her.

Meanwhile, Blessing Nwapa, the Batch A Stream 1 female youth corps member who was kidnapped on October 6th and released on Tuesday, October 10th, has declined an offer by the scheme to redeploy her after her experience with kidnappers.

Blessing met with the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, yesterday October 12th and when the DG offered Blessing redeployment to her state, she declined the offer.

Blessing who is from Abia State, was kidnapped on Friday, Oct. 6, in Udege Mbeki community of Kokona Local Government Area in the state. Some armed men robbed her and her friends while they were leaving the bank and after disposing them of their possessions, took her away.

Aregbesola Hails NYSC’s Free Medical Care For Rural Dwellers

By Toba Adedeji

 

The State Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has lauded the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) for its collaboration with government at making healthcare services accessible to all especially the rural dwellers of the state.

 

Aregbesola made this commendation at three days medical care outreach organised by the National Youth Development Center in Ode-Omu, Osun State where scores of the residents of the community were present to be attended to; by the medical team of the Scheme.

 

In the address of Aregbesola, he said, “The State Government is appreciative of this awesome contribution of NYSC in assisting the government to achieve her goal of giving her people quality health care, and for taking this healthcare to the grassroot level.

 

The inaugural edition was held at igbajo and its environs, the second also took pace in Sekona last year while the third programme was held in Erin Osun on July 2017.

 

The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega also stated that, “health is wealth. Quality healthcare delivery has always been one of the priorities of my administration. A healthy people are indeed productive people. If we are to achieve the goal of providing health for all, it is imperative that every community should at least have access to a health facility.

 

He noted that burden would have been too much for any tiers of government to bear alone if health is not on the concurrent list of the Federal, State and Local Government in the country.

 

He therefore urged Nigerians, group and organizations to arise and lend a helping hand to the citizenry.

 

Aregbesola also lamented that, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to meet all the needs of the people. But with the help of organization like NYSC, the needs of the people is being met directly or indirectly.

 

In his commendation address, he lauded the corps medical personnel for their participation and other activities at their places of primary assignment through which they have supported the State in improving the social health status of the people.

 

Addressing journalists, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Attah, explained that, the programme is an Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers and is a way of NYSC imparting positively in the communities where the corp members are serving.

 

He said, “the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure is so passionate about these programme because he is concern about the welfare of both his corp members and their host community.

 

“This is a medical program that is free for all rural dwellers and the U-report that was flag off today is to get the feed back of the good people of the counrty about health situation in their areas; anybody can be part of it by texting ‘JOIN to 24453’, he added.

Can NYSC Mitigate Political Agitations?

These times are indeed fragile because of a combination of factors which have coalesced to pose formidable threats to the continued existence of Nigeria as a united political entity. There are varying degrees of socio-political agitations from sections of the Nigerian nation State that have bottled up angst and perceived deep-seated feelings of alienation from the scheme of things. Some of these crises and agitations are political in nature emanating from the missing links and/or collapsing leadership qualities at many levels of the governance process all around the political entity known as Nigeria whereas others boiling agitations can be attributed to some policy missteps in deploying the necessary institutional mechanisms to resolve the festering crises of confidence amongst the various segments of the society that make up our nation-state.

This writer has often believed that the Nigerian State has not sufficiently utilised the potentially rich human resources within the many institutions created over the years by successive administrations for the promotion of national unity and the integration of the different segments of the Nigerian State. There are still scattered feelings and perceptions of mutual mistrust and lack of social cohesions amongst and within the component parts that constitute the nation-state of Nigeria.

These unsettled and unsettling perceptions of alienation by certain component parts of the country are further aggravated by the seeming inability of those who hold oversight powers to strengthen institutions and deliver the relevant institutional support to enable them to activate inbuilt mechanisms to achieve their mandates which largely and substantially are tied to the need to promote national integration. The above thinking came to the fore recently when President Muhammadu Buhari made a very profound and deeply philosophical statement on the essence of setting up of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).

The immediate rational consequence of that speech by the President goes to show what can be achieved by way of reuniting a rapidly divided nation if the concept of the NYSC scheme is to be comprehensively adopted and the needed funding components approved by the National Assembly to enable the institutional deployment of trained minds and resources towards the consolidation of the mandate of the NYSC project. Reading through the Presidential speech also reminds the audience that the rash of agitations and restiveness of mostly young Nigerians can be resolved if participants of the NYSC scheme are empowered to function as positive agents of change and national integration.

The NYSC is set up basically to provide the avenue for the acquisition of basic youth leadership skills which are to be deployed specifically to build a united Nigerian nation devoid of constant political agitations which threaten national integration. Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, the current director general, must be a lucky man to have received Presidential commendation twice now since he assumed office only a few months ago. Observers are of the opinion that the Presidential commendation is a symbol of the need and desire by the Nigerian people to see that the NYSC continues to live up to its billing in line with the aspirations of the founding fathers.

Recently, a rancour-free management promotional examination was conducted by the NYSC under the strict adherence to the rules of engagement and those who merited promotions based on their performance in both the written examination and their practical applications of skills in running their offices were promoted.

The current hierarchy was said to have released the results on time so as to beat any kind of external lobbying by professional lobbyists that could mar the smooth conduct of the exercise. Observers who should know say that this adherence to civil/public service rules by the incumbent leadership of the NYSC may have informed the reason for the Presidential commendation. President Buhari said he is always pleased to see the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) achieving the purpose of national unity that inspired its creation since 1973.

Speaking to newsmen at his country home after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers a few days back, Buhari said the NYSC scheme had over the years continued to pursue the purpose of integrating the country, noting that the diversity of cultures remained Nigeria’s greatest strength. “I am always pleased to see corps members in Daura and other parts of the country. From the postings, we get to learn more about other cultures,’’ he said.

The President said a large number of corps members in Daura, mostly from the Southern part of the country, was an indication that the dream of a unified Nigeria remained a reality. President Buhari noted that graduates from the North, who served in the Southern states, also learnt a lot from the diversity that had made Nigeria a unique country. Buhari observed that serving, as an army officer, in some Southern parts of the country such as Lagos and Ibadan were very rich experiences.

The President was accompanied by the Eid-el-Kabir prayers by Presidential aides, members of his family, and neighbours. These profound pronouncements of Buhari need to be further and fully concretised by way of making sure that the necessary legislative reforms are introduced to provide legal, financial and manpower backups for the continuous implementation of the original mandates of the scheme. The private sector should be carried along so they make contributions by way of corporate social responsibility towards the establishment of vocations and skills training and empowerment centres within the state offices of the NYSC for the benefits of Nigerian youth population.

The NYSC scheme fundamentally was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. As captured in the official website of the scheme, the current hierarchy is said to be working relentlessly to maintain the rich traditions of using the scheme as a major national platform for youth mobilisation towards adequate nation building and patriotism. Let’s look at the circumstances that gave birth to the NYSC so we can have a better appreciation of the need to support and consolidate the mandate of the institution to bring to a minimal level the cases of youth restiveness and agitations which have flared over the past few years.

The truth is that the unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by decree No.24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity.”
To be continued tomorrow

 

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian