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
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.
The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria is seeking collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to ensure that safety standards are met and kept in all NYSC orientation camps.
The National President of the Institute, Mr Evaristus Uzamere, said this on Thursday in Abuja when the institute conferred an honourary membership award on the Director-General (DG), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah.
In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa, Uzamere assured that the Act establishing the institute would be adhered to in order to avoid impersonation by quacks.
Evaristus added that the Act establishing the institute empowers it to collaborate with relevant government agencies to set standards.
It also allows it to determine the knowledge and skills to be acquired by persons seeking to register and practice as safety professionals and to improve on such standard from time to time.
“We want to collaborate with the NYSC to ensure that the safety standard in orientation camps is improved,” he said.
On the conferment of award on the NYSC DG, he said it was in recognition of Fadah’s leadership qualities.
According to him, the institute said that the DG was conferred with the award for his impeccable administrative style since he assumed duty as the 19th Director-General of the scheme.
Responding, Fadah expressed the scheme’s readiness for partnership and commended the institute for the honorary award conferred on him.
NYSC has deployed 1,400 corps members to Bauchi State for the 2022 Batch C, Stream 1 orientation exercises.
Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, NYSC Coordinator in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Bauchi that the orientation for the corps members begins on Oct. 26 and ends on Nov.15. The prospective corps members would be allowed into the camp only after being certified COVID-19 free by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), he said.
Those that test positive to COVID-19 would be isolated at the NCDC centre outside the orientation camp for treatment, he said, adding that only 200 persons would be registered per day.
“Registration dates have been assigned to each prospective corps member to avoid overcrowding.
A total of 200 persons will be allowed for registration each day.
“Participants are advised to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety measures put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.
“Defaulters will be sanctioned in accordance with the NYSC by-laws,’’ Abubakar said.
He advised the corps members to be punctual, be diligent and to comply with the camp’s acceptable dress code.
“Negligence of the NYSC dressing code will not be tolerated,’’ the coordinator stressed.
Mr Hassan Salihu, Batch C National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, has donated 50 furniture to the Government Secondary School (GSS), Kuje Area Council, FCT.
Salihu similarly renovated an Islamiya school and a Mosque in the area as part of his community service.
He announced these on Thursday at inauguration of the projects as part of his community development service in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corps member also renovated toilets and Mosque in GSS kuje, renovated Islamiya school toilets, constructed fence and draw zebra crossing lines.
Salihu, who also volunteers to control traffic at Kuje Prison junction during rush hours, is a graduate of Accounting, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe. According to him, the gesture emanated from his experience and passion to give back to the society.
The corps member said that he like meeting peoples’ needs wherever he found himelf, as it would make people feel his absence.
He said: “I like looking out for needs in my environment and solving them so that when I am not there, someone will feel like somebody came here and left, not like when you are gone, everybody will forget that you came.
” The NYSC Head of Community Development Service (CDS), FCT, Mrs Blessing Nwaoha, who applauded the gesture of Salihu, urged other corps members to emulate him.
Nwaoha charged the corps members to do the little they could to contribute their quota to their host communities.
She noted that corps members serving in the FCT were well groomed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The FCT head of CDS also called on host communities and other stakeholders to support corps members in their various communities.
The National Coordinator, SERVICOM, Mrs Nnenna Akajameli, has commended the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
for continuing with service delivery even in difficult situations such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She made the commendation on Wednesday in Abuja during the maiden edition of the one-day 2022 NYSC Customer Service Week symposium.
The symposium, which has “Celebrate Service” as its theme is in commemoration of the International Customer Service Week which calls attention to the importance of customer service and the people who provide the service.
Akajameli said that even in the face of daunting challenges, front desk officers of the scheme were seen rendering service with huge confidence.
She added that “NYSC staff bring to bear, a lot of liveliness and they think out of the box to serve the people well.
“Even when it was difficult running the camps during the COVID-19 era and there were great concerns, what they did was magical.
“They managed even in the very difficult situation, with lots of suspicion everywhere, did not close camp.
They managed and that process of orientation held, so today, we are celebrating the huge productivity.
” She, however, said that the scheme needed to make improvements in managing the entire process of posting youth corps members to places of primary assignments.
Akajameli added that some people even believed that NYSC members loitering around seeking where to be posted for their primary assignment was an evidence of the streets as service failure.
“I am going to give you one assignment, by next year when we are celebrating.
“Let us think out of the box about how we can get a huge number of those youth corps members to stop loitering and not to get to the place of posting and be rejected.
“Is there a better strategy we can deploy to manage it and see how we can strategically synergise, collaborate and partner more with other organisations.
“To better manage the number and reduce the number of people that loiter after they have passed out from the camp?
” The Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, said that satisfactory customer service was a powerful tool for any organisation.
Represented by the Director, Internal Audit, Mr Leke Abiodun, he said that the celebration was tailored toward raising awareness of the value and boost the morale of employees.
He said it was also to engender team work by appreciating and rewarding them for the important work they do.
He appreciated the staff of the scheme for putting their best into the work to guarantee effective and efficient service delivery to clients.
He said “indeed this has led to the major successes we have recorded in contributing to national development.
I am proud to add that our commitment to quality service delivery has been duly recognised through the conferment of Four-Star Service rating on the scheme by SERVICOM.
” Fadah reaffirmed the management’s commitment to motivating the staff for greater efficiency and higher productivity through the scheme’s reward systems.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Customer Service Week is celebrated globally in the first week of October.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had succeeded in closing down 62 illegal Degree awarding institutions in the country.
The commission also said it closed down a fake NYSC Orientation Camp in its bid to tackle corruption in the education sector.
The Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, disclosed this at a Youth Dialogue on Corruption in Tertiary Institutions, held in Abuja on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was organised by ICPC for members of Anti-corruption Vanguards from five tertiary institutions in the FCT.
Owasanoye, who was represented by Mrs Hannatu Mohammed, ICPC Board Member in-charge of youth, said that the Commission had since prosecuted the perpetrators.
According to him, corruption has debilitating effect on the quality of education of any nation, as no nation will develop beyond the level and quality of its education.
He said that the ICPC set up the anti-corruption vanguards in schools to push the fight against corruption in the education sector, particularly tertiary institutions.
Owasanoye further explained that the anti-corruption vanguards provided students the needed opportunity to participate actively in the fight against corruption in their various institutions.
“The vanguards equip the student members with the capacity to develop zero tolerance for corruption and to inculcate attitudinal change among their fellow students.
“The vanguards also enable the students to assist the management of their various institutions to effectively reduce corruption in the education system,” he said.
Owasanoye said apart from the setting up of the anti-corruption vanguards, ICPC had conducted System Study and Review in the University system to identify operations that provided leeway for corruption to thrive.
He noted that the study discovered various infractions in the university system, such as bribery, gratification, sexual harassment and sexual inducement, examination malpractices, over invoicing and over-inflation contract values.
Others according to him include, award of contracts to oneself and cronies, sale of sub standard handouts to students, absenteeism, admission racketeering and certificate forgery.
He, however, stated that the commission had since articulated its findings and recommended effective and workable solutions and forwarded it to the Minister of Education for implementation.
In a keynote address, Prof. Williams Barnabas, Vice Chancellor, Bingham University, said Nigerian education system must be repositioned to contribute significantly to national development.
He called for proper scrutiny of students entering tertiary institutions, to ensure that they have the right maturity and moral background and were willing to develop life skills instead of cutting coners.
Barnabas said corruption in tertiary institutions impact significantly on the availability and quality of educational goods and services and has consequences on access, quality and equity in education.
He added that some of the corrupt practices by academic staff include shrinking hours spent in classroom teaching, using teaching time for private business, and grades inflation among others.
The vice chancellor added that parents also push students into corruption by buying grades or bribing lecturers for good grades for their children.
“The use of teaching time for private business, failure of teachers to plan their lessons, poor methods of evaluation, aiding and abating examination malpractices and using wrong teaching methods are seen as corruption.
“Corruption erodes the core values of the educational process and thereby undermines and distorts hurman capital formation.
“It also weakens social cohesion by engendering distrust in interpersonal and intergroup relation, ” he said.
Barnabas said for the country to get it right, “our tertiary institutions must stick to their mandate of teaching, research and community service.
“We should also promote the culture of transparency at all levels; education against corruption for all; set up anti-corruption committees that utilise strategies in the fight against corruption.
” On his part, Mr Mohammed Ashiru, Director, Public Enlightenment and Education, ICPC, said that the overall objective of the dialogue was to ginger the youth to play the role expected of them in the fight against corruption.
He said this would be done through brainstorming and enumerating the major problems corruption generate in the education sector.
Ashiru added that to address the problem of corruption in the education sector, the ICPC had interfaced with key stakeholders in the sector and identified various restructures in the system.
“The partnership led to the involvement of students to hear their perspective on the problem of corruption in the tertiary institutions, hence the result to organise this dialogue.
“The sole purpose of the dialogue is giving youth the avenue to air their mind freely on the problem of corruption in tertiary institutions in Nigeria without fear or favour.
“Panel discussion from the five participating institutions will be on subjects such as the achievements of Anti-Corruption Vanguards in the fight against corruption in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“Others topics include, challenges of sensitising fellow students against anti-social behaviour; how to manage sexual harassment in tertiary institutions “What they understand by vote buying and how they will contribute towards eliminating vote buying in Nigeria’s electorate process; between preventive and punitive measures, which one fights corruption better, among others.
The Republic of South Sudan has sought collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to help in boosting the development of its teeming youth.
The Minister of Federal Affairs of South Sudan, Mr Lasuba Wango, said this when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy visit on the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Wango said that South Sudan has a very large youth population, adding that the visit would provide the country with the opportunity to know how Nigeria structured its system to accommodate the youth in the development process of the country.
He also said that it would afford the nation the opportunity to know how Nigerian youths contribute in ensuring peace and stability as well as getting involved in the economic development of the country.
According to him, the team is also in Nigeria because South Sudan needs a system of government that can foster peace, unity, stability and prosperity in a society that is diverse in culture, religion and ethic differences.
He said that South Sudan, which gained its independence in 2011, was appreciative of the support of different African countries during the struggle.
“We are therefore seeking for a way to entrench our diversity and bridge every divisive tendencies that exists among us.
“Nigeria is special with respect to our needs, because Nigeria shares a lot of similar historical challenges with us and we are interested in learning experiences from Nigeria, particularly on the establishment of its federal system of government.
“This will enable us to structure a federal system that will accommodate our country’s cultural, religious and ethnic differences and help us in apportioning resources in the areas of power allocation and natural resources.
” Wango said that his team was very impressed with the kind of hospitality that was accorded them in Nigeria.
He added that it showed that both countries were working together to ensure that they forge a way forward in establishing peace and stability.
While welcoming the delegation, Fadah said that he was happy to know that the country had continued to make impressive stride towards economic and political stability.
According to Fadah, the visit to Nigeria is in furtherance of consolidating African solidarity.
This, he said, would enable NYSC and other Federal Government establishments provide and propose ideas that would contribute to prosperity and stability of South Sudan.
He promised the delegation a fruitful interaction and wished them successful journey to their destination at the end of the visit.
A university lecturer, Dr Michael Eliku, has called on the government to help schools go beyond vocational to digital skills to place the country among developing or developed nations of the world.
Eliku, who lectures at Baze University, Abuja, said this would help to fast track the industrialisation process and put the nation on a global map.
The don gave the advice at the ”passing the light of digital literacy to the youth, through modern ways of learning programme.
“ The programme, held at Baze University Abuja, was organised by Global Wissen Consult in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria.
He advised governments at all levels to promote and invest in digital education and digital skills in line with the goal of Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).
“According to NUC regulation, every tertiary institution in Nigeria should mount entrepreneurship programmes at various levels.
” He said that Baze University had looked at the contemporary issues in Nigeria and the future and decided to go away from vocational skills to digital skills.
The don, therefore, urged universities and other tertiary institutions in the country to embrace information technology and digital entrepreneurship.
“Universities out there should embrace it, Digital entrepreneurship is the way to go IT is the way to go, it is the way to the future, it is not just the future because the future starts now,” said.
According to him, digital entrepreneurship is an IT based skill and internet based skill, where students are taught how to develop apps to grow their businesses.
He said that with it, student could develop apps for transport business like Uber or Bolt, food vendors, fashion designers among others to make business, transaction, trade and commerce easier.
“Some also could design apps for logistic and deliveries, they can enhance.
“The beauty of it is that digital skills cut across various disciplines.
We have passed the era of soap making, izal making and all the rest.
“The digital entrepreneurship will help those who are doing that to market their business, irrespective of discipline, sector or chosen field,” he said.
Oscar Okechukwu- Founder Swedish-Nigeria Social Development Enterprise, said the programme was established to pass the light of digital literacy to the youth in the country.
“We signed an MOU with the Baze University on enhancement of digital literacy on the campus and also education in the digital aspect of the students.
“We have trained over 600, but by the semester ending we should have over a 1,000 students.
“We want to pass the light of digital literacy to the youths, going through the universities in the country, NYSC camps churches, wherever we found youths to give them digital literacy, that’s our target,” he said.
He commended the youth’s reception to digital literacy, stressing that it had been so good as they are familiar with it.
They are excited to learn and there are exciting things coming out in the digital space like 3D, block chain and this excites the youth.
He commended Swedish government for its support for the project.
According to him, the Swedish government creates further opportunities like mentorship, exchange programme and also resources to take their ideas to the market place at the end of programme.
One of the students and a beneficiary,, Eldad Akhawmere expressed gratitude to the Global Wissen Consult, the initiation and the Swedish government for the programme.
“I have benefited a lot form the programme I think it is a very good initiative because it’s not just learning about how to be an entrepreneur,.
“We live in the 21st century and digital marketing is the key, so if you’re an entrepreneur and you are not able to scale your business in the digital sense, then there is hardly any prospect for growth.
“So, this course enables students to develop their own businesses and put in the digital market place.
I have learnt great skills; I have come up with market place ideas which I will be pitching very soon.
“I learnt to make an e-commerce site; I have learnt many things about business analysis, and how to develop a niche.
” Another student, Opara Tiffany, said that the programme was interesting, I learnt how to be a good entrepreneur and I also learnt how to start a business.
“The programme lasted for three months.
I do not know anything about business before, but now I do.
I know how to identify target market and I have started one business.
I started selling jewelries, I know my target market and my niche,” she said.