As part of efforts to prevent corps members from falling as victims of bandits and other risks on highways, the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) has warned corps members deployed to Kaduna State to avoid unnecessary traveling out of the state.
The state’s coordinator, Mr Odoba Abel Oche, gave the warning during the closing ceremony of Batch C Stream 1 Orientation closing ceremony, where he strongly advised the corp memebers to desist from engaging in acts capable of denting the image of the NYSC.
He warned that corps members “must not travel outside Kaduna State without permission from the NYSC management.
The idea is to discourage you as much as we can from exposing yourselves to the dangers of our roads.
” In his remarks, the state’s governor, Nasir Elrufai urged the corps members to freely intergrate with members of the host communities of their primary assignment, informing them to “learn their culture and actively participate in their developmental efforts through initiating and executing viable Community Development projects and join hands with the government to ensure a violence-free and peaceful society.
”Represented by the Commissioner, Ministry of Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Muhammad Baba at the closing ceremony, the governor noted that the nation places high expectation on the corps members and I pray you will not let her down.
” The governor however called on corps employers in the state to pay necessary attention to the welfare of corps members.
The Police Command in Kebbi has ensured the safety of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the state for compulsory national service.
A statement spokesman SP Nafi'u Abubakar quotes Police Commissioner Ahmed Magaji-Kontogora who gave the assurance at the NYSC orientation camp in Dakingari in the state's Suru local government area on Wednesday.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the NYSC 2022 Batch “C” Steam Corps 1 members deployed to the state are currently at the orientation camp.
“I want to assure management that the State Police Command is committed to ensuring the proper safety of its members during and after their orientation program and throughout their year of service to the state.
“We are here at the camp to assess the security situation of the orientation camp in view of the fact that the NYSC camp is a national structure and must be protected,” he said.
However, the CP acknowledged that Kebbi had been relatively peaceful, "but we still need to collaborate and strategize with other security agencies to secure the camp and all corps members serving in the state."
He requested the cooperation of all security agencies and critical stakeholders in the state to achieve a peaceful environment.
The CP called on members of the body to be disciplined and abide by the rules governing the conduct of the scheme, saying that no objective would be achieved without the virtue of discipline.
The commissioner also paid a similar visit to the acting vice chancellor of Dakingari State Polytechnic. Malam Saidu Aliyu.
Responding separately, NYSC State Coordinator Alhaji Mustapha Muhammed and Acting Vice Chancellor Aliyu expressed appreciation for the visit, describing it as the first of its kind in the history of the two institutions.
They added that the visit served to boost the morale of the members of the community of the camp, as well as of the polytechnic.
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The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says it has not hired staff without due process.
He said in Abuja that the media report to that effect "is false, uninformed, misleading and lacking a fair hearing."
Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Secretary, NEITI made this clarification at the induction training for his new staff.
“We are disappointed that the story authors never bothered to consult with NEITI for our feedback on fairness and balance.
“However, let me reassure all Nigerians, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and our global partners that NEITI is certainly aware of and quite sensitive to our public ethics and commitments to the EITI principles,” he said.
He said that the induction/training had been designed to introduce staff to the world of transparency accountability in the management of the oil, gas and mining sector through the instruments of NEITI/EITI.
“You join our organization at a time when issues of poor governance, lack of transparency and accountability in the extractive industry are national and global concerns, especially in Nigeria.
“This induction program is one of the crucial steps we have taken to prepare you for the task ahead and embed you into NEITI's culture and principles of transparency, integrity and accountability.
“The key message here is that there is a void in NEITI that they have been recruited to come in and fill,” he said.
He said that to start the recruitment, the Human Resources Committee of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) that conducted the exercise, reviewed more than 2,000 Curriculum Vitaes in the NEITI database of applicants under the NEITI policy "Leave the request back".
“This is a policy implemented over the years to preserve and provide hope for applicants seeking a career with the organization,” he said.
He said the waiver granted to the NEITI Commission (FCC) was informed to the applications the agency received in the course of the contracting exercise.
Of this large number of applications, according to him, 166 candidates are shortlisted and invited for interviews.
He said that of these numbers, 145 people attended, 18 people were absent, and three were disqualified due to integrity issues that included the lack of proof from NYSC and differences in age statements.
“These were followed by 23 candidates who scored 75 percent or higher and entered the national merit list, while another 36 who scored between 70 and 74 percent made the general merit list. 82 candidates reached the minimum score of 65 percent.
“Four candidates who scored the minimum score of 65 percent were strictly considered to address fairness in the representation of the federal character,” he said.
However, he said that in the course of recruiting, NEITI also took into account the gender equity and diversity issues of the Nigerian state.
In a keynote address, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, Chairman of NEITI NSWG, said that upon its inauguration in July 2021, he started a program for strengthening the secretariat and expanding the agency to other geopolitical areas.
He said this was because policy direction was required for the successful implementation of NEITI's five-year Strategic Plan (2022-2026) developed and approved to drive the workforce growth plan developed.
“The workforce plan specifically identified the urgency for NEITI to inject young graduates with the workforce and creative skills needed to help drive the recently developed five-year strategic and growth plan.
“The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has set new standards for reform and NEITI, as a member of the Presidential Steering Committee on PIA implementation, has an obligation to respond appropriately with adequate manpower and resources,” explained.
He said the process that produced this class of 2022 had been rigorous, based on merit, and in compliance with all procedures set forth by the Federal Government.
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The Governing Board of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commended the Lagos State Government (LASG) for absorbing corps members posted to state for the one year service programme.Amb. Fatima Abubakar, Chairman of the Board, gave the commendation on Monday while addressing the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 members of the scheme at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja.Abubakar, who led a nine-member team, said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had assured the board that he would do everything necessary to make every youth corps member posted to Lagos State comfortable.She said that the team paid a courtesy visit to the governor and appealed to him to remain committed in building the NYSC permanent orientation camp.“We know that he has been doing a lot for NYSC in Lagos; from our going round and findings, Lagos State is the only state where corps members posted to government establishments are never rejected.“And that is very good for us because the reverse is the case in other states. LASG is accommodating, in fact, they are even asking for more corps members to be posted here.“This is because the state believes that it’s big enough to accommodate more corps members, on behalf of the NYSC scheme, we thank the LAGS and are happy with what we have seen on ground."We also appealed to the governor to provide an Ambulance for the camp and a 32-seater bus as requested need by NYSC Lagos Coordinator during our discussion in the visit," she added.Abubakar also expressed satisfaction with the state of the orientation camp, said that she was impressed with the neat state of environment and activities displayed by the corp members.Meanwhile, Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, NYSC Lagos Coordinator, said that the corps members who resumed at the orientation programme on Nov. 2 had shown immeasurable eagerness to learn.Baderinwa said that the corps members, from different tribes, were one big family, and had imbibed the spirit of nationalism, dedication and absolute resolve to serve their fatherland.She described their conduct as impressive, being well disciplined and resourceful.“Our target at the end of the orientation is to have well groomed corps members that will make us proud.“All corps members, camp officials and collaborating agencies are doing exceptionally well in the discharge of their duties, so far we have had security, safety, drug prevention, traditions and integrity lectures.“We have had motivational lectures, and most importantly, the corps members have been introduced to Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) as some have already started picking areas they want to major,” she said.(NAN)
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Rivers on Friday commended Gov. Nyesom Wike for his support for the well-being of the scheme and its members.
The NYSC State Coordinator in Rivers, Mr George Mfongang, made the remarks while receiving two brand new 250 KVA generating set at its Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam Tai. He described Wike as a trailblazer who had set a standard that would be difficult to be matched by any other governor.
According to him, the overwhelming love and commitment of the governor’s administration to the welfare and well-being of the NYSC Scheme and the corps members in the state have been fantastic.
“The governor donated two brand new 250 KVA generating set to the camp, to guarantee steady power supply.
“The facility will also enable the corps members and the camp community to enjoy a conducive environment during the orientation course exercises.
“One of the new generators will serve the Nyesom Wike Auditorium, to ensure that the air conditioners, fans and other facilities in it work efficiently when the corps members use the facility.
“The second generator will serve the rest of the camp,” Mfongang said.
He recalled that the governor’s administration had built a 5000-capacity ultra-modern auditorium at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam. The state coordinator said that the Wike-led administration also constructed the internal road with asphalt overlay at the orientation camp.
According to him, the road has good drainage facilities, while the governor also constructed three units of four-bedroom self-contained bungalows for the camp officials.
“He rebuilt the hall that was gutted by fire, tiled all the hostels and expanded the multipurpose hall.
“The governor also built four units of brand new hostels equipped with modern double bunk beds for the corps members.
“He donated 3,000 Mouka mattresses for the corps members and camp officials, including a brand new transformer, to link the camp to the national grid,” Mfongang said.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Sokoto has imposed a repeat of service year on four corps members for allegedly absconding from duty, absenteeism and other sundry offences.
The NYSC Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Nakamba, who disclosed this at the passing out of the 2021 Batch C, Stream 2 Corps members on Thursday in Sokoto, said that four others had their services extended by different periods.
Nakamba said that the scheme had zero tolerance for truancy and those caught engaging in such would be sanctioned appropriately.
According to him, a total of 482 corps members completed the service during the period and two corps members received the prestigious Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar awards for their outstanding contributions to development of their host communities.
The coordinator thanked Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto for his love and unparalleled support to the scheme in the state over the years, especially his commitment toward the sustenance of payment of allowances to corps members.
“I also seize this opportunity to thank the Sultan of Sokoto for his unflinching support to the scheme, this has aptly demonstrated his love for youths and NYSC in particular,” Nakamba said.
The Coordinator urged institutions to continue supporting corps members on business development plans and enterprises.
He urged the outgoing corps members to be good ambassadors of the scheme and also maximize the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship learnt during the service year.
Four 2021 Batch C Stream II National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Gombe State, have been asked to repeat the service, for absconding from their duty post.
Mrs Ada Imoni, the state NYSC Coordinator, said this at the passing-out parade of the batch on Thursday in Gombe.
Imoni said that six other corps members had had their service year extended for various misconducts.
He said however, that 1,085 corps members have passed out, after successfully completing their service year in the state.
She reiterated that the scheme remained disciplined and would not tolerate any act of indiscipline, hence the various punitive measures taken in that regard.
While addressing the outgoing corps members, Imoni advised them to remain committed to the task of nation-building and unity of the country in line with the mandate of the scheme.
She called on the outgoing corps members to leverage on skills acquired during the service year to improve their welfare.
The traditional ruler of Emure-Ekiti, Oba Adebowale Adebayo, the Elemure of Emure-Ekiti, says it will be a homely welcome for the Batch C corps members that will be posted to Ekiti.
Adebayo gave the assurance on Wednesday, when the Ekiti Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Mary Chikezie, led a delegation of the NYSC management to his palace in Emure-Ekiti.
The traditional ruler promised adequate security for the NYSC scheme, particularly now that the camp will open for orientation course.
Oba Adebayo said, “I want to assure you that I will liaise with the traditional rulers in the this region and partner with the local vigilantes to provide adequate security for corp members; who will be observing their three-week orientation camp.
”He said the door to his palace will remain wide open at all times for the management of NYSC scheme, whenever the need arises.
Earlier, the Ekiti Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Mary Chikezie, had solicited the cooperation of the traditional ruler in the area of security for corps members that will commence their orientation course soon.
She appreciated the traditional ruler for his unflinching supports to the NYSC scheme, especially his love for corps member serving in his domain.
She described Oba Adebayo as a dependable pillar, whose support had created cordial relationship between the host community and the NYSC.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Emure-Ekiti, in Emure Local Government Area, is the Permanent Orientation Camp of Ekiti NYSC scheme.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it has mobilised 1,800 prospective corps members for the Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 to Kwara.
The state Coordinator NYSC, Mrs Francisca Olaleye, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday in Ilorin.
She expressed the preparedness of the scheme in the state to execute yet another hitch-free orientation course.
The state coordinator assured that the orientation camp at Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area of the state, is now wearing a new look ahead of the mobilisation scheduled to commence on Nov. 2. Olaleye explained that apart from the comprehensive renovation of some ageing camp facilities, the entire camp has been fumigated and ready to host another batch of corps members.
She said the 21-day orientation programme is expected to run concurrently in all the states of the federation and the FCT, Abuja.
According to her, all the various stakeholders of the scheme in the state have been adequately mobilised for the national assignment.
“In line with the directive from National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, the orientation course for the 2022 Batch C, Stream One, is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022. “I wish to bring to the notice of the general public and all stakeholders, of our readiness to host, yet another orientation course,” she said.
The state coordinator appreciated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for graciously approving the perimeter fencing of the orientation camp.
According to her, this will further reinforce the existing security of the camp facilities, during and after the programme.
“The camp shall be opened, as early as 8 a.
m on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022, for the registration of the Prospective Corps members.
“The registration exercise is scheduled to hold for three days and the Swearing-in ceremony is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 8. “About 300 camp officials are also ready to take the participants through the various camp activities, which the scheme has been designed for the exercise.
“These officials include the NYSC staff, members of the Nigeria Army, Police, the NSCDC, the Man ‘O’ War, the Red Cross, the Fire Service and the medical team,” Olaleye said.
She therefore urged the general public, especially members of the NURTW and NARTO, to assist the prospective corps members, who are likely visiting Kwara state for the first time, to locate the camp.
While wishing the prospective corps members journey mercy to their various orientation camps, the management appealed to them to avoid night journeys and take advantage of passing the nights at the various corps lodges made available along their routes.
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says prospective youth corps members will henceforth undergo fitness test in NYSC clinics at their various orientation camps to avail the scheme credible information on their health status.
The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.
Megwa stated that the new directive would take effect from the 2022 Batch ‘C’ orientation course scheduled to begin across the nation on Wednesday.
He said that the decision to begin the test was to avail the scheme credible information on health status of NYSC members and also protect them from exploitation.
He added that “in view of the regimentation and physical demands of some activities of the NYSC orientation programme, the management of the scheme introduced presentation of Certificate of Fitness from recognised public health facilities for registration at the orientation camp.
“The essence is to enable camp officials manage those who are not fit to undertake certain activities in the camp.
“This has been largely misunderstood, leading to extortion of some prospective youth corps members by fraudulent individuals in their bid to secure such documents, some of which may not stand a test of integrity.
”Megwa added that the NYSC orientation camp clinics across the nation are managed by the National Health Insurance Authority, with the supervision of consultants from tertiary health institutions.