NYSC’s long walk to permanent orientation camp in Anambra




NYSC’s Long Walk to Permanent Orientation Camp in Anambra

By Chimezie Anaso, Nigeria News Agency

Gov. Willie Obiano gave this assurance during 2019 World Youth Day celebration held at Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka on Aug. 20.

This promise, though exciting, is not new as it had been part of the government’s speech during swearing-in ceremonies and closing of orientation course at the Umunya Temporary Orientation Camp, Oyi council area for some years.

The temporary camp which the NYSC has been using for camp activities is in a school owned by Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger.

Speaking at the official opening of orientation course for no fewer than 1,602 Batch B stream II corps members, Mr Kehinde Aremu, Coordinator of NYSC in Anambra, said the temporary camp was no longer conducive for the purpose.

Aremu said the Anglican Church had commenced works for its University Project which it got approval for at the camp, noting that that the project had sacked them from the open field used as parade ground.

The coordinator said apart from disrupting the academic calendar of the mission school due to intermittent camp activities, the temporary site is highly inconvenient and expensive to run.

He regretted that in spite of the robust collaboration between the scheme and the state government, the state remained the only state in the entire South-East without a permanent orientation camp at the moment.

“The owners are now building the their university which they got approval for here, you can see that we no longer have parade ground, I had to appeal to them to allow us have this space for this orientation course.

“So, construction activities is a quit notice to us, we have to move the permanent site if we hope to have mobilisation to Anambra for camping, this temporary site is no more available to us,” he said.

Aremu hailed the progress of work at the permanent site which he rated at 75 per cent completion and called for early delivery of the project so that activities would commence there.

He said he had secured the approval of the scheme to site NYSC scheme skill acquisition centre, a joint project of the scheme and a commercial bank in the state, adding work could not begin unless the permanent camp becomes functional.

Aremu said what was left was the finishing aspects of the job including convenience, landscaping and other internal fittings.

“As you can see, the major part of the job had been done, the male and female hostel, the hall and office blocks but some critical facilities like the toilet are still ongoing.

“The completion of this permanent camp will be of immense benefit to the state and the scheme, it will help the commencement of the NYSC skill centre for South-East which the state government has provided land for.

“It is my humble and passionate appeal to Gov. Obiano to make good his promise to deliver the new site as he has always done because this place does not befit his status as the most NYSC friendly governor that I know in Nigeria.

“He has been very supportive, the government pays one of the highest allowance to corps members and we have a robust relationship.

“Indeed it has been a long walk to permanent site but I hope we will get there soon,” Aremu said.

Mr Hafford Oseke, a former member of the Anambra House of Assembly, at a different occasion went down memory lane on how the journey to the NYSC permanent camp began in 2014.

Osseke said it would be a dream come true for the NYSC to move into the permanent orientation camp.

He, however, expressed worry over the implementation of job at the site, urging the management of NYSC to monitor the project closely and ensure that it conformed with the original prototype as approved by the government.

He said: “We made available about 48.5 Acres of land for that permanent camp project, but they are concentrating everything in one area, and I am sure that is not what is contained in the prototype of that project.

“I call on the NYSC to monitor the project closely and ensure it is executed according to specifications.

“There is vast land begging to be used, I do not know why the male and female hostels are clustered in one area.

“The contractor should be made to do the right thing and it is not late to do so,” he said.

A visit to the permanent camp reveals that works had reached advanced stage, with two gigantic hostels, multipurpose hall and an administrative block have been completed with roofs, doors and windows fitted.

The perimeter fence has also been erected around the large expanse of land.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Umuawulu community one of the host community, Igwe Joel Egwuonwu, has pledged that his community would play good hosts to the NYSC when they eventually commence activities at the camp.

Opinions are that there is need to go beyond mere rhetorics and ensure the funds for the project are released and the contractor made to adhere to project specification and deliver on time. (Features)


Ondo 2020: INEC re-opens registration link for NYSC members



2 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said it had openned a special link for the registration of additional National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members as ad hoc staff for Ondo State governorship election.

The commission made this known in a statement issued after its meeting by Mr Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja.

Okoye said that as a result of the disruption of normal processes in the electoral process occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, INEC could not get the full complement of the NYSC members required as ad hoc staff for the election.

“Consequently, the Commission had to broaden its net to recruit the required ad hoc staff from tertiary institutions.

“However, the NYSC authorities recently informed the Commission that they were now in a position to mobilize more corps members for the Ondo State governorship election.

“ Meanwhile, the portal for the recruitment of ad hoc staff for the said election had closed since Aug. 21.

“After due consideration and to restore the corps members to their role in the electoral process, the Commission has decided to allow the recruitment of these additional NYSC members only.

“A special link to the registration form has, therefore, been provided to NYSC authorities to be used for this purpose.

“The Commission notes with appreciation the commitment of the NYSC leadership in sustaining the patriotic and crucial roles being played by corps members in the conduct of elections,’’ Okoye said.

On Edo State governorship election, Okoye said that all sensitive materials for the election had left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in Benin for the various Local Government Areas in the State.

“Agents of the political parties involved in the election as well as those of the accredited Observer Groups observed the distribution of the sensitive materials.

“The Commission implores all the relevant stakeholders to continue to observe the distribution of the sensitive materials as they are moved further down the chain to the Registration Area Centres (RACs),’’ Okoye said. 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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INEC says Continuous Voter Registration will resume in 2021



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will resume its Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in 2021.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Kogi, Prof. James Apam, disclosed this on Wednesday at Onyadega, Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.

Apam said the exercise was aborted by the outbreak of COVID-19 some months ago.

He was addressing stakeholders in preparation for the forthcoming bye election in the local government area, blaming the inability of the commission to register Nigerians of voting age in the area, on the pandemic.

He appealed to those who would not be able to vote in the election to show understanding and bear with the commission.

The commissioner said that the by-election was necessitated by the sudden death of Mr John Abah who was representing the council in the State House of Assembly, in June.

He said that the by-election to fill the vacant seat would hold along with others nationwide on Oct. 31, asking the people of the area to get ready to participate fully.

Unlike previous elections , he said, the time scheduled for the election would be between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., adding that the poll would hold under strict observance of the safety protocols against the spread of the Coronavirus.

Accordingly, Apam said, the commission would provide water, sanitisers, methylated spirits and infrared thermometers at all the 148 polling units where the election would hold.

He said that similar arrangements would also be put in place at all the collation centres.

He said that voters, electoral officials and security agents would be made to wear face masks on the election day, and appealed to the political parties and candidates to also spread the message to their members and followers.

The REC said that 10 political parties, including the APC, PDP, ADC, Labour Party, SDP, ACP, AA, AAC and Accord Party had indicated interest to participate in the poll.

He further disclosed that 78, 575 voters would participate in the election, while arrangements were being made to organise training for the ad hoc staff and the commission’s staff that would conduct the election.

He appealed to leaders of political parties, candidates and other stakeholders to allow peace to reign before, during and after the election.

Apam promised that enough logistics would be provided to ensure a violent-free and successful election .

Also speaking, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the state, Mr Marvelous Okoriovbe, warned candidates to avoid use of hate speech and provocative statements during their campaigns.

Okoriovbe assured that the police would provide enough personnel in all the nooks and crannies of the local government area throughout the election period.

Stakeholders who spoke at the meeting expressed fear that floods may impact negatively on the conduct of the election.

They appealed to INEC to deploy enough logistics and provide for the welfare of the NYSC corps members that would serve as ad hoc staff in the conduct of the poll.

They also demanded a free and fair election and called on the police to provide security before and after the election.

The meeting was attended by political parties, candidates, traditional rulers, security agencies, observers and religious groups.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
Source: NAN
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Kidnapping: No corps member was killed at Ekiti palm oil factory – NYSC



Mrs Mary Chikezie, the Ekiti Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Wednesday debunked a media report that a corps member was killed by kidnapper in the state on Tuesday.

Chikezie said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti that the person killed during the attack was not a member of the NYSC serving in the palm oil producing factory, as reported by an online medium on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that suspected kidnappers killed one person and abducted two others, including a Nigerian born retired United States army officer in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state.

“It was reported that a serving corp member was gunned down at a palm oil producing factory in Ijan-Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Area, Ekiti by assailants who came to kidnap one Mr Jide Ijadare.

“In the purported story, the writer made an allegation that the corps member was serving at the company.

“Consequent upon the above, I wish to inform the general public that no corps member is presently serving at the said factory, hence no corps member was gunned down.

“It is therefore, imperative to further place on record, that the NYSC scheme places priority on the security and welfare of corps members,” she stated.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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Edo Election: Violators will face consequences, INEC Chairman warns



The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday warned that electoral violators would face the consequences of their actions, if caught during the Sept.19, Edo governorship election.

Yakubu gave the warning during an expanded stakeholders’ meeting organised by INEC in Benin.

He listed some of the infractions to include vote-buying, ballot box snatching and stuffing, multiple voting, hijacking and diversion of election materials among others.

“Edo people must be allowed to freely vote for their preferred candidate without inducement or harassment.

“We have been assured by the security agencies that thugs and their sponsors will not have the freedom to move around freely to disrupt the election or collation of results.’’

Yakubu also disclosed that the national headquarters of INEC would monitor the election throughout the state through a zoom situation room.

“This zoom situation room will allow us receive live reports from the field. Accredited observers and the media will also be invited to join at intervals.

“By doing so, the commission will receive first-hand information as the election is going on.’’

The INEC boss, however, reassured Edo people that their votes would count adding that only the choice made by the people of Edo would determine the outcome of the election.

Yakubu explained that the commission would not take any action to the advantage or disadvantage of any political party or candidate.

According to him, our focus is on our processes and procedures, nothing more, but be assured that Saturday’s election will be credible.

Yakubu further stated that the commission would be deploying magnifying glasses and Braille ballot guides to assist Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to vote unaided.

INEC policy for the conduct of elections in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and Code of Conduct have been translated into Braille in order to ensure greater participation of all citizens in the electoral process irrespective of disability.”

The Chairman also explained that a component of the z-pad which was supposed to be used for the election had been dropped.

He noted that all categories of ad hoc staff had been vetted adding that the integrity of the process would not be compromised.

Also speaking, The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Shuaib Ibrahim, appealed to all stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of all corps members deployed for the election.

Ibrahim, who was represented by the South South Supervisor of NYSC, Mr Benjamin Ayodele, thanked INEC for the confidence reposed in the corps.

According to him, I want to appeal to all stakeholders to protect our corps members during the election.

The representative of the Benin Monarch, Chief Osato Bazuaye, called on INEC and the I-G of police to ensure that the election was free, fair and peaceful.

“We want you to write your name in gold. Ensure that this election is one of the best. It is a test for INEC, the Police and all of us,” he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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