NYSC D-G unveils health initiative for rural dwellers in FCT community NYSC D-G unveils health initiative for rural dwellers in FCT community Initiative By Folasade Akpan Abuja, Oct. 6, (2022) The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah unveiled the Health Initiative For Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme in the Dakwo Community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Fadah said the initiative was in line with the cardinal point of his administration’s policy thrust to deepen the NYSC’s impact on rural development services.
According to him, the HIRD was conceived over eight years ago as a platform for the scheme to contribute towards the provision of easy access to healthcare for rural dwellers.
This, he said, was implemented through medical outreaches conducted across the nooks and crannies of the country by Corps Medical personnel.
He added that the success of HIRD in the last eight years had been quite unprecedented while calling on members of Dakwo Community to come out in large numbers and benefit at no cost.
Fadah thanked stakeholders for their contributions and donation of drugs and other materials for the outreach while.
He, however called on them to do more so that other communities in the interior parts could also benefit as the NYSC remained resolute in its quest to make positive impact.
In his address, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Alhaji Abdul Suleiman, thanked the corps medical personnel for their selfless services to humanity as well as the people of Dakwo commuinity for opening up their community for the outreach.
Suleiman said the sustainability of HIRD was non-negotiable as the scheme placed premium on rural development.
In an address, the Sarkin Dakwo Commuinity, Django Bangi thanked the NYSC for choosing his community for the outreach and prayed for the continued sustenance of the scheme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that HIRD is characterised by medical diagnosis, treatments, referrals, as well as community sensitisation on disease prevention and management.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NYSC launched the initiative in 2014. The corps said over two million rural dwellers have benefited from the HIRD.
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Fadah, has inaugurated a hostel quarters for the scheme’s members of staff in Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inauguration was held on Tuesday at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the project was in line with his vision for enhanced staff welfare, industrial harmony and human capacity development for higher productivity.
The director-general commended the scheme’s secretariat in the state, led by the Coordinator, Alhaji Abdullahi Jikamshi, for the foresight and initiative.
He pledged to continue to support such projects to ensure that staffers and corps members were adequately provided with suitable accommodation.
“I also assure the secretariat that in the course of time, management will support the eventual furnishing of this structure.
“It is my desire that before the end of my tenure, management would have intervened in so many projects for the benefit of staffers and corps members, particularly in orientation camps,” he said.
Fadah appreciated the scheme’s National Governing Board, NYSC management, members of staff and other critical stakeholders for their support since his assumption of office.
In his address, Jikamshi said that upon assumption as coordinator, he was confronted with many problems which required immediate attention, among which was hostel accommodation for the staffers at the orientation camp.
“Based on the foregoing and after due consultations with my staffers, I invited corps members with relevant professional skills to come up with a design for a modest structure that would slightly relieve the desperate situation,” he said.
Jikamshi said that the structure was realised through the prompt support of the director-general, as the state office could not carry the burden alone.
“Fortunately, Nasarawa camp was one of the first NYSC locations visited by the director-general upon assumption of duty.
“In the course of inspecting the facilities, I showed him our little effort which, at the time, was at roofing level, and appealed for his support toward its completion.
“I am most pleased and grateful to say that the director-general not only immediately agreed to help, he ensured that the help came with speedy dispatch,” he said.
Jikamshi said that the inauguration was part of the activities marking the director-general’s 100 days in office.
He said that the hostel quarters would go a long way in improving accommodation arrangements for staffers during orientation camp exercises.
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, has urged state governments to continually upgrade orientation camp facilities.
He made the appeal at the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Pre-Orientation Course Workshop on Wednesday in Abuja, The workshop brought all stakeholders together to review the conduct of previous orientation courses with a view to mapping out strategies for improved performance.
It has its theme as “Exploring Effective Stakeholders Collaboration for Improved Orientation Programme.
” Fadah also urged that the state governments to also make all other necessary logistic provisions.
He commended the Federal Government and all stakeholders of the scheme for keeping faith with the NYSC.
The director-general also appealed for the continued support of the stakeholders to enhance the operations of the scheme.
“At this juncture, I wish to express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government for its abiding faith in the scheme as demonstrated through constant provision of funds for the smooth conduct of our operations.
“We also thank state governments for their support, the FCT Administration, traditional rulers, security agencies and other stakeholders in the territory for their immense support.
” Fadah said that the scheme recognised the importance of the roles of all stakeholders in the scheme and that they were all already working together for the successful conduct of the forthcoming 2022 Batch ‘C’ Orientation Course.
The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Ahmed Ikaka, said that the workshop was organised to prepare for the forth-coming 2022 Batch ‘C’ Streams One and Two orientation courses.
He added that at the end of the workshop, far-reaching resolutions that would guide the execution of the forthcoming orientation course would be agreed upon.
The Minister, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Muhammad Bello, said that the modest achievements as of the territory was attributable to the cooperation and support from others, including the services rendered by the corps members deployed to the territory.
Represented by the Acting Director, Youth Department, Mr Musa Lai, he assured the scheme of the administration’s continuos partnership with the Scheme for the successful implementation of its lofty programmes.
“I am aware that this programme is aimed at appraising your previous orientation exercises with a view to addressing identified challenges and evolving strategies for continuous improvement.
“This clearly attests to the fact that NYSC is not only a proactive Agency, but also one which values stakeholders’ roles in the success of its mandate”, he added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the ministry and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will explore avenues to showcase the cultural talents of corps members.
He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, while closing the 2022 Annual NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival.
The festival has “Sustaining the Gains of Sports Development and Socio-Cultural Integration through Conscious Exploration and Promotion of Skills and Talents of the Youth” as its theme.
Mohammed, who was the special guest of honour was represented by the Director, Entertainment and Creative Service, Mrs Ugochi Nwosu.
The minister said it was heartwarming to see the youths showcasing abundant talent especially as many of them do not belong to the ethnic communities of the culture they have showcased.
“This has therefore reinforced my confidence in the ability of our young men and women to imbibe positive values and norms and project the good image of Nigeria both at home and abroad.
” He congratulated the winners of various categories of the competition for the feats achieved.
“It is my hope and desire that you will continue to support our strides to promote the Nigerian culture and the creative industry through avenues such as this one provided by the NYSC.
“I wish to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will continue to support NYSC towards the success of this festival.
“We also will work with the scheme with a view to exploring additional avenues for the exposure of the talents of these corps members including opportunities to stage performances during national programmes.
“I urge well meaning Nigerians, public and private sector organisations to give their support towards the continuous improvement of this festival especially through their corporate social responsibility.
” Mohammed also called on movie and music producers to help in harnessing the potential of the corps members through mentorship and assignment of roles and contracts.
He, however, encouraged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunity for rewarding careers in the entertainment and creative industry.
The Director-General, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, said the festival remains a sustained medium for the promotion of the nation’s cultural heritage.
He said the theme of the 2022 edition was apt given the fact that the nation’s cultural diversities were great assets that should strengthen rather than divide it.
“Apart from exposing the abundant talents of corps members in dance, comedy, acting and directing among others, the festival provides further opportunities for interaction and cross-cultural appreciations by our youths.
“However, this is thereby, contributing towards the sustaining unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
“As you may be aware, one of the hallmarks of the national service is the effective integration of corps members into their host communities.
“This largely accounts for their ability to stage dances and songs that are indigenous to communities away from their ethnic and geographical zones as seen in the last three days.
“In essence, irrespective of our ethnic, religious and social backgrounds, we can build a united and prosperous nation through our shared values, spirit of patriotism and collective will,’’ Fadah said.
He also commended the corps members for their display of unimaginable creativity in drama, comedy and dance, adding that they can become stars in the entertainment industry.
The Director, Community Development Service and Special Projects, Alhaji Abdulrazak Salawu, said the NYSC had demonstrated that Nigeria’s multi-ethnic and cultural diversity could be adequately harnessed through the festival.
“The various events have proven to be a vehicle of social mobilisation, promotion of diverse cultural expressions, and preservation of Nigeria’s cherished traditions through galvanisation of the talents and skills of its youths.
“It has great potential to building a virile and united Nigeria that Nigerians will be proud of.
’’ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival was instituted in 1984 following management’s decision to use dance and drama as tools to further entrench and deepen the objectives of the scheme.
The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), says Nigerians have to desist from acquiring weapons at all cost as that is the bane of insecurity in the country.
The National Coordinator, Maj.-Gen. Abba Dikko, said this on Thursday in Abuja, when he led a team to pay a courtesy call on the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah.
The visit was to seek the partnership of the NYSC in curbing proliferation of illicit arms in the country.
According to Dikko, insecurity persists in Nigeria because there are many illicit weapons in the hands of people.
He, however, said that there was need to stop the spread and handling of illicit weapons so that there would be peace, adding that once there was peace, there would be development.
He said that the NCCSALW was established to mainstream the proliferation of illicit small arms and it had to carry as many stakeholders as possible to achieve its aim.
“I found the NYSC as one veritable tool for which we can extend advocacy so that we can reach all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria and it is important that we look at the platform.
“This is because it is more or less a quasi-military outfit and has a regimental way of doing things.
“So we thought if we develop skits that they can use to communicate with the different strata of the society in their respective places of primary assignment, then I think we will be well fulfilled in pushing this message.
” On the role of corps members in the campaign against illicit arms, he said they would help to carry the message along and talk to people in their target audience which was their immediate communities.
“They can break the communities into different strata, the youth, women, children, even the traditional institutions and faith based organisations.
“The corps members have a very powerful tool of communicating with people.
Once they approach any community in their uniform and in their organised manner, people listen to them.
“I think it is a very good advocacy platform and we will surely want to collaborate with them and not just for now, we want it to be a sustained programme”, Dikko added.
Responding, Fadah commended him for finding NYSC worthy of such collaboration, adding that the scheme had national presence in all 774 Local Government Areas.
He also said that as the nation prepared for the general elections in 2023, there was need to curb the illegal use of firearms in the political process.
“NYSC is the bridge between their time as students and the larger society and they will continue to serve as good ambassadors.
“We are ready for the synergy and will be glad to have some of your staff to sensitise corps members while they are in the orientation camp,’’ Fadah said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NCCSALW was established in 2021 to replace the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
It serves as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria.
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has lauded National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for providing free medical services to Nigerians through its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).
Akeredolu expressed the appreciation while flaggingoff the 2022 second quarter NYSC HIRD programme at the town hall, Ile-Oluji in Ile--Igbo Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.
The governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologun, said his government and people of the state appreciated NYSC for supporting the state through the provision of free healthcare services.
He described the programme as another step toward a more holistic contribution to the continued good health and enhanced productivity of the citizens and residents of the state.
Akeredolu, who said that governments at all levels, might not have the ability to completely cater for the needs of the citizens and residents, described the programme as a pleasant relief.
“We will provide all the necessary collaborations to ensure that the laudable programme does not become a thing of the past.
“Let’s see ways to expand the reach to more people in the state so as to deepen the objectives of the programme,” he said.
In her address of welcome, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mrs Victoria Ani, said the initiative was that of the Director-General, geared toward reaching out to rural communities, with free medical services to be provided corps’ medical professionals.
“Apart from supporting the state government in the provision of healthcare, the programme is meant to medically promote the quality of life of rural dwellers,” she said.
Ani said that the programme was also targeted at further increasing the broad impact of the scheme and expanding its value to its critical stakeholders at all levels in the society.
She urged people of the community to take advantage of the programme to take better care of their health by trooping out en masse to be attended to, thus enjoying its huge benefits.
The state coordinator thanked the stakeholders and partners who had contributed financially and materially to the successful flag-off of the programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some corps’ doctors gave series of lecture on total wellbeing of individuals, with special reference to high blood pressure as well as other ailments and diseases.
The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, says the NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival has indeed been helping to promote national unity and integration.
Fadah, while speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at the festival’s closing ceremony, said he was very excited that the Corps members who participated in the competition met all expectations.
“The NYSC is for national unity and national integration, and this sports festival is facilitating the unity and integration of Nigeria.
” He commended Corps members who participated in the 2022 edition of the festival for their spirit of sportsmanship.
“Everybody is happy when in Nigeria somebody will play for Yobe when ordinarily he is not an indigene of Yobe, but because he is serving in Yobe he feels like he is from Yobe. “So also, a Yobe man will play for Akwa Ibom and he feels like he prefers Akwa Ibom because that is his place of primary assignment and he feels like he is from Akwa Ibom. “Therefore, the national unity and the integration is there and we have achieved it.
“The spirit of sportsmanship is there with them (the Corps members), and the healthy rivalry.
Everybody wants to be a champion, but they are doing it in a very healthy way, which I like so much,” Fadah said.
The NYSC D-G said the Corps members’ performance in the various games was indicative of their great potentials, adding that he was sure that some of them could make successful careers in sports.
Speaking also, the Director, Community Development Service (CDS) and Special Projects, Abdulrazak Salawu, said the competition’s fundamental objective was to develop and promote the spirit of sportsmanship, teamwork and co-existence.
These, he said, were are all important to the unity and integration of all Nigerians.
“At the end of this exercise, I have no doubt that those in the mould of Daniel Amokachi, Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and so on would have been discovered.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival featured football, volleyball, track and field events.
The football match which marked the end of the festival had Akwa Ibom beating Taraba 4-3 after a penalty kicks shootout, while Plateau won the third-place match.
NAN reports that the festival has “Sustaining the Gains of Sports Development and Socio-Cultural Integration through Conscious Exploration and Promotion of Skills and Talents of the Youth” as its theme.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is waiting for its lawyers for professional advice, following the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) order restraining it from continuing with strike.
The President of the Union, Mr Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.
The union had embarked on the industrial action to press home improved academic environment and welfare of members.
Some of the lecturers demands are funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
The strike has entered its seventh month the Federal Government instituted a suit before the court to halt it to enable students resume.
This followed the failure of government and the union to reach workable agreements.
However, students through the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) have embarked on protests by blocking entrance to the International Airport Lagos and have threatened to block other major roads, if the demands were not met by government.
The NICN granted the order pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court, at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, pursuant to his powers, as provided in Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
Ruling on the application brought by the Federal Government, the , Justice Polycarp Hamman held that since the issues in dispute have been referred to the court, ordered ASUU (the defendants) not to take part in any further strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
According to Hamman, the argument of Femi Falana SAN, the counsel to the defendants that the act of the applicants had been concluded is of no moment and flies in the face of Exhibit 2 dated Aug. 29, 2022. Attached to the affidavit in support of the application where the defendants communicated to the Minister of Labour and Employment, their decision to rollover the strike to a comprehensive indefinite and total strike, beginning from 12.01 am on Aug. 29, 2022. Hamman noted that as the time of reading his ruling on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, the strike action embarked upon by the defendants on Feb. 14, 2022, had not ended.
He maintained that workers cannot go on strike when relevant sections of the TDA have been complied with by the Minister of Labour in conciliating a labour dispute.
He praised the minister for acting in national interest by referring the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
While noting that the balance of convenience is crucial to determining an application for interlocutory injunction, Hamman stated that the balance of convenience tilts in favour of the claimants who own the universities and taken into consideration the interest of the students, whose parents cannot afford private universities in Nigeria or abroad.
He insisted that the strike inflicted irreparable damage to public university education in the country, lamenting that university students have been out of school for eight months in a country where age is considered for employment and enrollment into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and and paramilitary organisations.
Justice Hamman dismissed the claim by the defendants counsel that the strike was prompted by serial breach of agreement by the Federal Government, saying since the matter has been referred to the Industrial Court by the Minister of Labour and Employment, the defendants are mandated by the law not to engage in any further strike, pending the determination of the substantive matter.
He said: “Section 18 Subsection 1 of the TDA, 2004, connotes an obligation, which is mandatory and leaves no room for discretion.
“Section 18 (2) criminalises any contravention of 18(1) and imposes the fine of N100 or imprisonment for six months for an individual and N1000 for a corporate body.
“In this circumstance and on the strength of Section 254.6.(1) b of the constitution, Section 18(1) e of the TDA, Section 7(1) e, 16 and 19 b of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Act 2006, I hold that this application is meritorious and same is hereby granted.
” Justice Hamman further held that the rephrase by Falana that the court should grant accelerated hearing of the application in place of injunctive relief “is of no moment”, going by the rules of the court.
He maintained that the applicants met the requirements for granting of an injunction, contrary fo the averments of Falana SAN.
Reacting inside the courtroom, lead counsel to the Federal Government, James U.
K. Igwe SAN, said: “I thank his Lordship for the ruling, rendered with unparalleled erudition, scholarly analysis and research and which took into cognisance of education as being basic to education in Nigeria.
Dr Chukwunazor Okafor, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), on Wednesday organised free medical treatment and eye screening for pensioners and other senior citizens in the nation’s capital.
Okafor, while delivering her remark in a brief ceremony to begin the medical treatment, explained that the measure was aimed at promoting their eye sight and to help the pensioners perform optimally in their day to day activities even after retirement.
She stressed that eye sight was among most sensitive senses in the human body as approximately 80 per cent of what the body perceives come through the sense of sight, hence the importance of protecting the eyes.
Okafor said that the free medical treatment was part of her humanitarian service to the country and to show care to the less privileged and the pensioners.
She emphasised the need for more people to get involved in providing eye care to the pensioners and also see more people giving importance in seeking care to their eye so as to avoid blindness among people.
“This medical outreach is to bring sensitisation to your door step for all of you to adopt habit of preventing measures and observe regular checks of the eyes.
“There is already growing concerns on not detecting age related pathologies for the elderly, when this lingers for long, could lead to visual impairment later in life.
” I recommend regular checks of the eye as an important habit of paying attention to the eye considering the fact that vision and insight are not same, vision has to do with the eyes both working together with the brain while sight is just seeing without making exact detail of what is seen.
” Earlier, Mrs Elisha Dia, the Zonal Inspector, Zonal Office, NYSC FCT Secretariat, said the outreach attested to one of the cardinal aspects of the NYSC where Corps members “are encouraged to give back to the society for national development’’.
Represented by an Assistant Chief Inspector at the Secretariat, Mrs Mary Magani, Dia, Okafor, while alluding to a verse of the National anthem, said “the labour of our heroes past does not go in vain’’.
Also, the General-Secretary, Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Mr Actor Zal, who stood in for the president of the Union, described the initiative as historic as such gesture had been extended to the old citizens in through the NUP since its establishment.
Zal encouraged other corps member and other well-meaning Nigerians to impact on the lives of senior citizens who had worked and served the country meritoriously.
Similarly, the President of Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja, an NGO, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, applauded Okafor and her team of medical practitioner for the courage and service to humanity.
Ahmadu, who was represented by Damaris Yakubu, Assistant Programme Officer of the NGO, called on the beneficiaries to prioritise their health particularly their eyes.
“It is important to know the role of vision and sights in the performance throughout life even after retirement.
“Hence all persons present here are urged to take home the message that they should endeavour to make themselves available in a health facility within their reach to undergo periodic eye .
“This is one of the sure ways to retain functioning and good eye sight throughout life.
” The outreach with theme, “Perfect vision and sights for efficient performance throughout life” include the provision of free vision screening, blood sugar screening, general health talk, distribution of food items, toiletries, cloths and more.
Enugu-based Progressive Students Movement (PSM) has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to be responsible in its negotiations to resolve the ongoing strike and consider suffering of Nigerian students.The PSM also urged the Federal Government to withdraw its law suit against ASUU at the Industrial Court “as this will further waste the already wasted time of Nigerian students”.The President of PSM, Mr Bestman Okereafor, disclosed this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Sunday.Okereafor noted that it was regrettable that the strike had been allowed to linger beyond seven months.The PSM boss, while appealing for a compromise between both parties, enumerated the recent losses caused by the lingering strike.“It is regrettable that actions of both parties have led to shutting down of universities for seven months over the continuous strike which has obviously drastically affected the academic calendars.“The continuous strike has also deprived university students from joining their polytechnic counterparts in mobilising and partaking in National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).“ Information at our disposal reveals a UNIBEN staff committed suicide few weeks ago,” he said.He appealed to well meaning Nigerians, especially prominent leaders and respected traditional rulers, to prevail on both parties to shift grounds and find a middle ground for an amicable agreement.He noted that Nigerian students had remained at the receiving end of each academic strike.NewsSourceCredit: NAN