The Olukare of Ikareland, Oba Akadiri Momoh, has commended the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo State for transforming the Permanent Orientation Camp at Ikare-Akoko.
Momoh commended the corps on Monday in Ikare Akoko when the State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Grace Akpabio, paid him a visit at his palace.
He lauded the management of the corps for the speed with which the orientation camp had been transformed, adding that this had brought economic development to the community.
”I am extremely happy with the manner and speed with which the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp witnessed tremendous transformation in the last two years.
“I am particularly happy with you, the state coordinator, for your resilience, uncommon ingenuity and doggedness that had made the camp shed the toga of ancient structures to modern edifice.
“I am not unaware that the state government, under the peoples’ governor, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN), has invested massively in the camp to give it a face lift.
” But your complementary effort is outstanding.
“Without being immodest, your zeal at rallying support for the camp clinic is legendary and I want to personally acknowledge your immense contributions, which today has indeed confirmed that you are a detribalised Nigerian and a mother of the nation.
“You have etched your name in gold as one of the few citizens of the country who believes religiously in the project called Nigeria and you have been working assiduously to further unite the nation by breaking all barriers.
“This is evident in your modest achievements as the coordinator in the last two years,” he said.
Responding, Akpabio said that she was fulfilled to enjoy the massive support and unhindered access to the palace of the Olukare.
Akpabio said she was at the palace to brief the monarch on the camp clinic project which he was said to have been the first to financially support.
“Kabiyesi, I have come again to specifically appreciate your unbridled love for the youths of this country.
“This you have demonstrated by being the first among equals to support the lofty idea of the corps members to have a standard and modern clinic at the camp.
“Your majesty sir, you have mobilised financial aid and material support for this gigantic project but like Oliver Twist, I have come to let you know that the project has reached roofing stage.
” We need more support from well to do personalities and philanthropists in your domain and the state at large.
“Our camp has tremendously been enjoying the unflinching support of both the Olukare and Owa-Ale stools and I want to tell the whole world that things can still get better if your subjects will continue to complement your favourable disposition to NYSC in the state,” she said.
Akpabio also appealed to the monarch to encourage the local vigilance group within the ancient town to continue to protect the lives and properties of corps members in the area.
(Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Mufutau Ojo)
Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General (D-G) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) , on Friday urged corps members to shun any act of criminality and hate speech during their service year.
The D-G said this while addressing the 2019 Batch C stream ll corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Kusalla, Karaye Local Government Area of Kano State.
“I urge you to stay away from hard drugs, cyber crime, cultism and do not use social media to promote or share hate speech, ethnic or religious bigotry”, he said.
According to him, the advice became necessary because as soon as corps members completed their three weeks’ orientation course, they would be posted to various communities to complete their primary assignments.
“Therefore, as ambasadors of your home states and also that of the NYSC, at your various host communities, you must abide by the law.
“Anyone found guilty of any criminal act will be punished accordingly.
“I urge you to be patriotic, committed to national service and also shun all kinds of criminal act which can tarnish your image and that of the scheme,” the D-G said.
Ibrahim warned the corps members against unauthorised and night journeys.
He implored them to perticipate in the in-camp Skills Acquisition and Entreprenuership Development (SAED) training.
The D-G also advised the corps members to respect the culture, religion and traditions of their host communities.
“You should embark on Community Development Service (CDS) as soon as you settle at your places of primary assignments,” he said.
Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada
The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim says the scheme may consider a serving corps member who lost his limb for Presidential Award.
Ibrahim disclosed this on Friday when he led other officials of the NYSC to visit the corps member, Mr Nuruddeen Tahir at his family house in Gwarzo in Kano state.
According to him, the award will give the corps member the opportunity to get automatic employment with Federal Government.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Tahir was involved in an auto crash on his way back home after the 2019 Batch B stream ll orientation course in Taraba resulting in the amputation of his right arm.
Tahir had ealier lost his left arm to a grinding machine at the age of 16.
The DG said that the NYSC had also paid N32 million to provide artificial limbs for the corps member.
He added that the artificial limps would enable him do things like writing and lifting of objects without problem.
Also speaking, the father of the 27 year old corps member, Alhaji Dahiru Dalhatu expressed gratitude for the gesture.
Dalhatu also commended the NYSC for paying for the replacement of his son’s limbs.
NAN further reports that the doctor who was expected to administer the limbs, Dr Rufus Arumugam, said an order had already been placed for the artificial limbs in Scotland.
Arumugam added that the limbs would be delivered in a few days.
According to him, the limbs would come with remote control which would be used to move the hands based on what actions the patient wants to perform.
Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Emure-Ekiti (Ekiti), Sept. 9, 2019 Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has reiterated the need for corps members, particularly those serving in the state, to be more security conscious during their service year.
Fayemi said that his wish was to see all corps members to return back to their parents and various homes safe and sound after their programme in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, gave the advice during the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2019 Batch B, Stream 11 corps members.
The Nigeria News Agency, reports that the event took place at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp, Emure-Ekiti, in Emure Local Government Area of the state.
“I want you corps members to be security conscious. I wish to see all of you serving in Ekiti return to your parents and homes safe and sound after you might have completed your compulsory one year service,” Fayemi said.
He further urged corps members to support government at all levels in the execution of programmes geared towards improving the lives of rural communities across the country.
Fayemi, who said that his administration would not hesitate to give ‘State Honours Award’ to any outstanding corps member serving in the state, pledged his continued support to the NYSC scheme.
Earlier in her welcome address, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Emmanuella Okpongete, pleaded with Gov. Fayemi to prevail on all government agencies in the state not to reject corps members posted to them.
“We want to request that you stop the rejection of corps members posted to government agencies.
“Our policy thrust on posting of corps members is to ensure that as much as possible, they are posted to places relevant to their fields of studies,” Okpongete said.
She called on the organisations to which corps members were posted to prioritise their welfare in form of provision of modest accommodation and transport allowance.
NAN also reported that a total of 1,800 corps members participated in the Batch B, Stream 11 Orientation course in the state.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Precious Owolabi, a reporter with Channels television who was shot on Monday during Shiites protest is dead.
His demise was just confirmed by her media establishment during their 10 p.m. news cast.
Owolabi, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member serving with Channels TV was one of the people shot during the Shiites protest who are demanding the release of their leader El-Zakzaky in detention.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Mr Usman Umar, was also killed in the crossfire.
In a statement by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja, he said that two other officers were injured in the incident.
He said that 54 suspects had been arrested in connection to the protest that involved no fewer than 3, 000 members of the group, protesting the continued detention of their leader, El-Zakzakky.
Mba disclosed that the protest took place within the Central Business District of Abuja, with the heavily armed protesters defying all “sense of decency and violently attacked innocent citizens and police personnel on duty’’.
“In the process, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, FCT Command, DCP Usman A.K Umar, was shot and fatally injured by the protesters.
“The officer who was immediately rushed to the hospital died moments later while receiving treatment.
“Two Assistant Superintendents of Police and a Staff of Channels Television sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment,” he said.
According to him, the violent protesters also razed down a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Response Post with two vehicles close to the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.
He said the 54 suspects arrested in connection with the protest were undergoing interrogation and would be arraigned as soon as possible.
Mba said that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) had commiserated with the family of the late DCP and condemned the incident, warning that “Enough-is-Enough”.
NYSC members in Delta tasked on good use of ideals, objectives of scheme
Issele-Uku (Delta), April 16, 2019 The Acting Governor of Delta, Kingsley Otuaro, has tasked the Batch “A” members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to make good use of the ideals and objectives of NYSC scheme .
Otuaro, represented by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr Jude Sinebe, gave the task at the completion of 21-day training of the corps members at the NYSC orientation camp in Issele-Uku on Tuesday.
He said that the corps members should engage in skills acquisition programmes, take them seriously and make good use of them.
According to him, the skills will make them to be complete individuals and prepare them to be wealth creators and employers of labour.
The acting governor said that Delta was committed to encouraging on-hand training among youths which necessitated the establishment of several skill training centers across the state.
He advised the corps members to contribute their quota to the communities where they would do their primary assignments and serve as agents of positive transformation and development.
Otuaro also urged Chairmen of Local Government Areas where they would be deployed and the traditional rulers to ensure their seamless integration into the communities.
The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Omotade Ayodele, said the corps members had fully completed the 21-day training and imbibed the spirit of perseverance and endurance to surmount challenges.
Ayodele admonished the corps members to be positive role models to the children and youths whom they would be interacting with in the course of their service.
He also advised them to keep their good name and make use of the skills acquired to make their communities better.
Nonwa-Gbam (Rivers), March 29, 2019 Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Friday commended the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for their efforts in improving the operations of the scheme by empowering corps members with diverse skills.
Wike, represented by Mr Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to the Rivers Government, gave the applause at the swearing-in ceremony of 2019 Batch ‘A’ 2,154 registered corps members.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 1,072 male and 1,082 female corps members are at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers.
According to Wike, the corps members who take the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme serious are self-employed at the end of the service year.
“In this regard, I commend the partnership between the NYSC scheme, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Heritage Bank of Nigeria in building the capacity of corps members.
“This partnership has made the young graduates to become entrepreneurs with the introduction of the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YIEDP).
“I charge the corps members to take advantage of this unique initiative and obtain the opportunities which the YIEDP initiative offers,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Chiwendu Chukwu, the NYSC State Coordinator in Rivers, told the corps members that the attainment of the much-needed unity and integration of Nigeria, rested on the shoulders of educated youths like them.
Chukwu urged them to take seriously, the 10-day intensive training on SAED programme on camp.
“This will help you to sharpen your business ideas and develop your potential for self-employment and wealth creation,” he said.
The NYSC coordinator commended Wike for approving the construction of a 5,000-seater amphi-theatre auditorium in the camp as well other positive favourable dispositions to the scheme.
By Bosede Olufunmi
Kano, Jan.24, 2019 (NNN) The Kano State Office of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria on Thursday said it received and treated no fewer than 227 cases in 2018.
The Council’s State Coordinator, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Kano that the number comprised both criminal and civil cases.
He said “Out of the number, 154 were criminal cases, which represents 67.8 per cent, while the remaining 73 were civil cases, which represent 32.2 per cent of the total number of cases’’.
Umar said the number of substantive cases received and handled at the High Courts was 83, with 12 at Shari’a Courts and 76 at the Magistrate Courts.
He said 12 mediation cases were also treated, representing 16.4 per cent of the entire civil cases received in the year under review.
The state coordinator added that 44 legal advices were issued, representing 60 per cent of the total number of civil cases received.
He explained further that substantive civil and criminal cases at various courts were 171, representing 75 per cent of the entire cases granted and 160 cases were completed.
“There are 322 pending cases, including those brought forward from previous years.
“Of these cases in arrears, 139 were won during the period which represents 86.8 per cent of the entire number of completed cases.
“However, only 22 cases were lost, representing 13.7 per cent,’’ he said.
The coordinator disclosed that the total number of cases handled by Legal Aid lawyers was 136 cases which represent 59.9 per cent of the entire cases handled by the office.
He said that private practitioners on “pro bono’’ handled one case while National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) lawyers handled 36 cases which represent 15 per cent. (NNN)
Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede
By Bosede Olufunmi
Kano,Jan.21,2019(NNN) The Permanent Secretary, Kano state Servicom Directorate, Alhaji Abdullahi Musa said the organisation would synergise with the state the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to enhance service delivery, by the scheme, in the state.
Musa said this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Directorate, Alhaji Sunusi Abdullahi in Kano on Monday.
The PRO quoted the Servicom boss as having said this when he (Musa) visited the State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Alhaji Ladan Baba in Kano.
The permanent secretary, who noted the shortfall in teachers in core subjects in Government Secondary Schools in the state, stressed the need for synergy between the two organisations to address the problems.
Musa, however, urged the state Coordinator to pay much attention to posting Corps members to conventional schools to teach English language and Mathematics, especially in the rural areas.
Receiving the permanent secretary, the NYSC boss acknowledged that the scheme was facing some challenges in the course of its statutory responsibility to the people of the state.
The state coordinator of the scheme identified non availability of NYSC lodges in most of the local government areas for Corps members and Corps members not receiving their monthly allowances, regularly, at their respective areas of primary assignment as some of the challenges.
According to him, such development has discouraged the NYSC members in such areas from performing their legitimate services effectively.
He, therefore, appealed to the Directorate to intervene to ensure provision of immediate solutions to the problems.
Edited by Dada Ahmed
Nigerian celebrities displayed eccentric northern-inspired fashion pieces at the grand premiere of Tope Oshin’s new film, ‘Up North’.
Nigeria News Agency reports that seeing as the film explores the beauty of Northern Nigeria, the premiere, held on Sunday night, was themed ‘Grand Durban’ with dress code, ‘Show me your North’.
The event was well attended by several dignitaries within and outside the entertainment industry including the Mohammed Abubakar, the Governor of Bauchi State where the movie was shot.
Mykel Parish, the director of Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF), media mogul, Mo Abudu and celebrity fashion designer, Mai Atafo were also seen wearing northern-themed outfits at the premiere.
Tope Oshin, the film’s director, and several female guests had full henna tattoo designed on their fingers and hands as part of their costumes.
The movie stars, Banky W and Ibrahim Suleiman, who played youth corps members, showed up in Babariga-inspired outfits leading the outfit trend on the blue carpet.L-R Banky W and Ufuoma McDermont at ‘Up North’ premiere
Actresses Linda Ejiofor, Damilola Adegbite, Ufuoma McDermont and reality star, Cynthia Nwadiora aka CeeC stole the night as best dressed females according the theme.
NAN reports that ‘Up North’ will follow a young rebellious heir whose National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year does not go according to plan, as he is sent up North to Bauchi State.
Shot in Lagos and Bauchi, the film explores love, friendship, family politics and the tourism value of Northern Nigeria, all of which collide, creating memories to last a lifetime.
The movie stars several talented actors such as Kanayo O Kanayo, Banky W, Michelle Dede, Adesua Etomi, Rahama Sadua and Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar.
Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi