Death Of Corps Member Triggers Students’ Protest In Osun

nysc-corps-member-face-ifedolapo-oladepo-ctvThe death of a 26-year-old National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Dolapo Oladepo, at a corps’ orientation camp in Kano State has triggered protest by students in Osun State.

Protesters with different placards marched to the State House of Assembly in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

The students under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS) in the process demanded that the Federal Government should restructure the National Youth Service Scheme.

There have been different claims, as to the circumstances that preceded her death at the NYSC camp in Kano State.

While her family accused the NYSC of gross negligence, the NYSC claimed they did everything possible to save her life, but to no avail.

More Harm Than Good

Dressed in black, wearing sad looks and chanting dirge and eulogy, the students marched through Olaiya Road to the state House of Assembly complex, with placards.

The spokesperson for the students, Oladejo Bashir, tasked the lawmakers to investigate her death and ensure that justice was done where necessary.

‎The students also suggested that the NYSC scheme be scrapped or restructured, with the claim tha‎t the scheme was doing more harm than good.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

“Here we have brought our petition letter to submit to the National Assembly through the State Assembly, we are pained that one of us had to die like that. We believe that if something had been done in good time, she probably may still be alive,.

“We want to indulge you to please work on all that we have written in this letter, as our father, representatives and leaders. If you fail to do all that we have written here, we will still come back.

“Today, we are not fighting Osun State, we are not fighting with our government in the state but we are calling on the Federal Government and the NYSC to accede to our request and find justice for Ifedolapo Oladepo. We will not rest on our oars,” Oladejo told the lawmakers.

A family member of the deceased, Bamiji Oladele, also said that in the letter, they had emphasised four points.

“NYSC should tender a public apology for the negligence involved in the management of Dolapos health. Investigation should be made about the circumstances leading to her death and the result be made public. A total overhaul of the NYSC scheme should be done with particular focus on medical attention for all corps members. Qualified doctors should be engaged in all NYSC orientation camps, This is all we ask for. We cannot bring Ifedolapo back but we can get justice for her,” he stressed.

‎Addressing the mourning students, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Honourable Akintunde Adegboye described as unfortunate and a colossal loss, the demise of Ifedolapo.

He told the students that the house would not leave any stone unturned in unraveling the circumstances surrounding her death.

Mr Adegboye said: “We are mourning this girl more than you students are doing. There is nothing we can do for her than to get justice which you are also demanding for and we promise to work towards that and we assure you that at the end of the day you have our full attention and rest assured that we will do all in our power to get Justice for ifedolapo Oladepo,” the Deputy Speaker assured.

Jonathan, Fashola Eulogise Justus Esiri

President Goodluck Jonathan joins other Nigerians in mourning veteran Nollywood actor, Justus Esiri whom he describes as an epitome of commitment, excellence and creativity.

President Jonathan reiterates his belief that Nollywood actors have carved a positive image for Nigeria in the eyes of the international community, with the  late Esiri, a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), having contributed in no small measure to the creation and sustenance of that image.

The president believes that the Nigerian movie industry and the country as a whole will greatly miss the popular actor who came to national limelight with his acclaimed performance in the popular television series, Village Headmaster, and other movies.

He extended his commiserations to the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta State and all fans of the revered actor.

President Jonathan also condoles with the Nollywood Family on the passage of a notable member, mentor, pioneer and inspiring actor, and enjoins the younger members to keep Justus Esiri’s legacy alive by promoting higher standards in their movies.

He prays God Almighty will grant the soul of the departed actor peaceful repose.

Also the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola said  the nation’s film industry will be poorer for his departure as Nollywood just lost wealth of experience with the veteran’s death.

The Nollywood veteran whose versatility was not limited to stage and screen launched into limelight of the nation’s Entertainment Industry in the 1980s.

Justus Esiri passed on, on Tuesday night after a brief illness.

In a letter to Mrs. Omiete Esiri, the widow of the deceased, Governor Fashola recalled that Mr. Esiri, whom he described as “easily one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artistes”, took the nation by storm with his titular role in the Village Headmaster; one of Nigeria’s pioneering television soap operas.

“Easily one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artistes, I recall with nostalgia that following the heyday of theatre arts, this stage veteran shot into the limelight in the 1980s, with his pioneering role in the popular Television drama series, the Village Headmaster, in which he played the eponymous character”, the Governor said.

Governor Fashola also noted that aside the many theatre performances of Mr. Esiri in Germany where he travelled to in the 1970’s initially to study Engineering, the veteran artiste stood tall as one of the pillars of the Nollywood film industry.

According to the Governor, his chain of performances in Nollywood has left a landmark in the industry and has made him a household name both in the country and beyond adding that as a result, the country has honoured him with a National Award

Praying for the peaceful repose of the soul of Mr. Esiri, and for Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, Governor Fashola enjoined the Family to be consoled by the rich legacy which the deceased artiste left behind in the Entertainment Industry as a whole, “where, aside leaving his own footprints, he has also bequeathed his son, the multi-award winning musician, Sidney, or Dr. Sid, who is the rave of the moment in the entertainment industry”.