Insecurity: FG Sued Over Continued Existence Of NYSC Scheme

 

The director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been sued before a Federal High Court in Abuja, over the continued existence of the scheme.

In the suit, the plaintiff, Okomayin Ude, prayed the court for an order, that the continued sustenance of National Youth Service Corps Act, 1993 and the mandatory posting of Nigerian youths to states prone to insurgency and ravaged by banditry, is a breach of the right of the youths to security of life and dignity as guaranteed by Sections 33 and 34 of the 1999 as amended.

He also prayed for an order of injunction restraining President Buhari from assenting to the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund Act, Bill, 2022 as proposed by the National Assembly.


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Within the affidavit in support of the originating summons, deposed to, by the plaintiff, Ude said he knows that the taxes paid by Nigerians form part of the revenue that the government of Nigeria is using to run and fund the NYSC, therefore the way and manner in which the government utilizes the revenue affects him personally.

He stressed that this additional burden on the revenue of the Nigerian Government is an additional burden on him as a tax paying Nigerian citizen.

According to him, the proposed National Youth Service Trust Fund Bill if assented to by the president, will impose additional taxes as proposed by the bill on him and other tax paying Nigerians.

He also asserted that “assenting to the Bill for the creation of National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund and spending more or additional public funds on the scheme will not only be additional burden on Nigerian tax payers of which he is, but a waste of public fund on a scheme that has lost meaning and relevance.

“That the National Youth Service Corps Scheme contemplates that every Nigerian Youth that the scheme applies to shall be able to be posted to anywhere in Nigeria and in service of the Federation.”

He further added that instead of assenting to the Bill to create National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund, the National Youth Service Corps Scheme in its entirety should be scrapped and abolished since the president, who is to assent to the bill cannot guarantee the security of lives of Nigerian Youths that are posted across the federation pursuant to the scheme.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

Gunmen Attack NYSC Lodge In Akwa Ibom, Cart Away Valuables

A file photo of NYSC members, used solely for the purpose of illustration.

 

Gunmen suspected to be robbers have attacked a lodge where some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) reside in Akwa Ibom State.

It was gathered that the gunmen at about 1am on Wednesday, attacked and dispossessed Corps members of their valuables at Udo Ekong Ekwere Street, off Information Drive, Uyo, the Akw Ibom State capital.

Witnesses say about 21 Corps Members were robbed in total.

While confirming the incident, the Management of the NYSC in the state, however, said that contrary to reports in certain quarters, no one was raped.


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In a statement on Thursday the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe said she in company of the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, visited the Corps members for an on the spot assessment.

“While there, it was confirmed that 21 Corps members occupy the said property. The interaction with the Corps members further revealed that an attack on them was actually carried out by thieves at about 1am this morning.

“In the process, the invaders took their valuables including phones, Laptops and some cash. They confirmed that NO bodily harm was meted on them, and NO CORPS MEMBER WAS RAPED,” Mrs Ekwe explained.

She further asserted that while the actions and intentions of the criminal elements remain condemnable,  social media operators, and online media establishments should exercise restraint and not trivialize such unfortunate incident as the consequences on the psychology of parents and guardians of Corps members in the state would be dangerously affected.

However, Mrs Ekwe disclosed that the State Commissioner of Police has assured the Corps members and members of the public that an investigation on the matter has been launched and that the culprits will soon be apprehended.

Meanwhile, the commissioner has equally detailed surveillance around the area with a promise to extend same to other Corps lodges.

Accordingly, the Akwa Ibom State NYSC Coordinator reaffirmed that there was no incident of rape.

She therefore urged the Corps members in the state to go about their lawful duties and make use of the security phone lines already provided, while in distressed situations.

Buhari Promises To Maintain And Improve NYSC

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja pledged that his administration would take all necessary actions to maintain and improve the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.

President Buhari gave the assurance after receiving a briefing from officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development led by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Rabi Jimeta.

The President affirmed his confidence and trust in the programme, saying that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development.

“I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration.

“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for Corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country.

“I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country,” President Buhari said.

In her brief, Mrs Jimeta told the President that the increasing number of NYSC participants posed a challenge to the scheme due to the dwindling revenue, from the national budget, to cater for their needs.

She told the President that the annual enrolment of corps participants had increased from 2,364 at inception in 1974 to 229,016 in 2014.

“Given the increasing number of tertiary institutions, our projection is that the number of corps participants may rise to 300,000 by year 2020,”’ she said.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi, told the President that there were plans to make the scheme voluntary and reduce the corps population to make the programme more sustainable.

NYSC Has Taken Adequate Measures To Protect Corps Members – Anthony Ani

Anthony_AniThe Director of Mobilisation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Anthony Ani, on Tuesday, allayed the fears of parents whose children have been deployed to various parts of the country for the compulsory service scheme.

“I assure all parents and prospective youth corps members that the NYSC has taken adequate measures to ensure that these camps are well protected and their lives are also protected.

“There are four states where we don’t have orientation going on; these are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe, because of the security challenges that we are having in those parts of the nation”, he said on Sunrise Daily.

He, however, noted that the corps members who have been deployed to those areas are going to have their orientation at a later date outside those areas. “This is to ensure that we are in tune with what is happening,” he said, adding that security has been provided by all security agencies for all other camps across the country.

He added that those deployed to the security challenged areas would have their camps outside the states where they do not have security challenges. The camps will be in Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger States.

“For those deployed to Borno, they will be having their orientation in Keffi (Nasarawa). For those deployed to Gombe, they will be in Niger, while for those who have been deployed to Adamawa, they are to have their orientation at Benue and those deployed to Yobe will be in Plateau.

“These special orientation will run from November 26 to December 15,” he said.

Mr Ani further noted that corps members posted to those states have the choice to seek redeployment after the orientation to other locations in the country, although he maintained that “there is no cause for alarm” and that “the NYSC is very alert to it’s responsibility”.

He also said that the “NYSC will be teaching the corps members Martial Arts and have invited security experts to speak to them on security tips around all the camps”, adding that “as part of our training, by the time the corps members finish their service, instead of roaming about the streets looking for paid jobs, we will now make them entrepreneurs; so we have introduced a skill acquisition programme”.

He said every corps member is asked to choose a skill and during the orientation is exposed to this skill and the training continues after the orientation.

2013 Floods: NEMA Trains Corp Members On Disaster Management

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the training of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on disasters management across the country.

Speaking to Channels Television during the training workshop in Minna, the Zonal Co-Ordinator NEMA Abuja Operation Office, Slaku Bijimi mentioned that the trainning is aimed at using the corps members as vanguards for proactive disaster management in the country.

Mr. Bijimi noted that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has a pool of resourceful staff, corps members and existing structures to take disaster management sensitisation across the country.

President, National Emergency Management Agency NYSC Community Development Service Group (CDS) Obidile Onyedika thanked the officials of the National Emergency Disaster Agency Management for giving the corps members some useful information on disaster management.

He also spoke of the activities and plans of Niger State Disater Manegement Community Development Service Group.

With Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) prediction of a likely flood across the country in 2013, it is expected that these corps members will help in creating the needed awareness in their various community.

NYSC sanctions 47 corps members in Cross River

Authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State have sanctioned 47 corps members for various offences as 1, 222 members passed out in the state.

The State Coordinator of the scheme, Mr. Nkereke Ibanga, who disclosed this during the passing out ceremony of the 2011 Batch B Corps members in Calabar, contended that 13 out of the 1,222 distinguished themselves during the service year and were accordingly honoured with merit awards.

While congratulating the corps members for serving the state meritoriously in their various capacities, Ibanga, restated the scheme’s readiness to sustain the initiated transformation agenda of the present administration.

This he claim will be achieved by ensuring that the re-organization and repositioning of the scheme will translate into skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development of the youth before the end of their service year.

The State Governor, Liyel Imoke who was represented by his Deputy Mr. Efiok Cobham, while congratulating the outgoing corps members for successful completion of their service year, called on serving members to take advantage of the dynamism in the NYSC scheme and similar government initiatives geared towards empowering them to be self-reliant in the area of agriculture, small/medium scale enterprises and ICT.

The Chairman, NYSC governing board and Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Patrick Ugbe, said that the state will continue to lavish its hospitality on any corps member posted to the state by ensuring that enabling environment is created for them to function effectively and wish them well in their chosen career.