Okorocha Asks Corps Members To Lead ‘Buy Made In Nigeria’ Campaign

NYSC to push Made In Nigeria campaignThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to join the campaign for patronage of Made in Nigeria goods in order to grow and develop locally made products to address present economic challenges.

The governor’s message was conveyed by the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, to the corps members during the official opening of the Orientation Course for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps members deployed to Imo State.

Mr Madumere stressed that buying Made in Nigeria products would help galvanise Nigerian economy and put it on the part of growth and sustainable development.

The nation’s economy is currently in recession.

“The initiative will not only encourage Nigerian investors but will spur other Nigerians to put to work their ingenuity in bringing solutions to Nigerian myriad problems since there will be a guaranteed market thereby saving foreign exchange,” he stressed.

The deputy governor, however, urged the corps members to partner with the Imo State government in its Back to Land Policy, which is one of the State government’s effort to boosting agricultural activities and agro-allied business in the State.

He reminded the corps members deployed to Imo State of the essence of NYSC scheme, which remains unity, love, patriotism and spirit of brotherhood.

Mr Madumere further assured the corps members that the Okorocha-led administration in the state was committed to ensuring that the corps members were comfortable throughout their service year.

Earlier in his address, the State Coordinator of the NYSC scheme in Imo State, Mr Olugbodi James, averred that the scheme placed high premium on the orientation course since it was a prelude to other major programmes lined up for a given service year.

He highlighted that it was organised to promote discipline, encourage positive attitude and introduce them to available skills and ventures through noble skills acquisition, entrepreneurial development.

He also expressed gratitude to Governor Okorocha for numerous projects he had carried out for the scheme, informing the corps members that the governor had promised to build extra two structures as requested by the scheme.

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At Ede

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At EdeThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi electrified the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ede, Osun State when he visited the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Corps members to motivate and encourage them to aim high and aspire to be the best in life.

The Corps members were excited when they saw the Ooni who came to the NYSC camp with his usual retinue of royal entertainers who were singing and dancing to the amazement of the Corps members and the NYSC officials.

Corps members took turns to pay homage to the Ooni according to Yoruba tradition and the monarch showered royal blessings on them.

The Corps members exhibited the items they produced under the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme and Oba Ogunwusi commended the initiative.

Ooni thrilled the Corps members when he decided to leave his seat at the pavilion and insisted that he would stay under the sun to address the gathering since majority of the Corps members were also in the sun.

Ooni Of Ife Pays Surprise Visit To Osun NYSC Camp At Ede

Before proceeding to address the Corps members, Oba Ogunwusi called for a minute silence in honour of all Corps members that have died during their service year, especially an indigene of Osun State, Ifedolapo Oladepo who died in Kano during the ongoing orientation exercise.

While speaking, Oba Ogunwusi charged the Corps members to be focused and strive to be successful in life regardless of their shortcomings.

He advised them not to be deterred by the current economic situation of the country and urged them to contribute their quotas to national development.

He advised the corps members not to wait for white-collar jobs so as not to be disappointed since there are no jobs in the labour market

He narrated how he hawked rice, vegetable oil and sugar in popular markets before he met influential Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dr Deji Adeleke who saw his vision and contributed to his success story.

His words, “I’m excited to be in your midst today, gentlemen Corps members. 21 years ago, I wore this uniform that you are wearing today.

“I served in Makurdi, Benue State. I know you would also be great in life. There are presidents, governors and ministers among you. Please be positive and pursue your vision diligently.

“After my NYSC, I decided that I would be an entrepreneur and that was why I did not seek employment when my mates were looking for jobs in the accounting firms. I was very popular at Agbeni market in Ibadan where I hawked rice, sugar and vegetable oil before I started selling cement.

“As a graduate of Accounting from the Polytechnic of Ibadan, I was hawking in the market and I was able to make a difference because of my educational background. I eventually met influential Nigerians like Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Dr Deji Adeleke from Ede here and my story changed.

“You can also make it if you are positive. Just be focused and determined. Don’t allow any condition to take away your dream. I faced serious challenges when I became a father at 19. I needed to survive along with my daughter and we were able to make it.

“My daughter is a graduate like you and she is currently at the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja. So, you can make it regardless of the circumstances.”

The State Coordinator of the NYSC in Osun state, Mrs Regina Iluebbey, lauded the Ooni of Ife for his exemplary leadership among the Yoruba Obas. He also commended the monarch for sharing his story with Corps members as a motivation.

Iluebbey said a total of 2,276 Corps members comprising 1,238 males and 1,038 females were registered for the orientation course in Osun and the exercise was hitch-free and successful.

Father Of Late Kano Corps Member Questions NYSC

Father Of Late Kano Corps Member Questions NYSC  Father of the late Kano Corps member, Wale Oladepo, is accusing the National Youth Service Corps of contradictory statements leading to the death of his daugther Dolapo Oladepo.

It is the first time he is addressing the media and in an emotion-laden speech in Osogbo the Osun state capital on Monday, Mr Oladepo asked NYSC to give full details of what transpired during the last hours of Dolapo’s life.

The family further accused NYSC of an alleged cover up in the process of burying the corps member who died at the Kano orientation camp.

“‎Apparently she was not taken to any tertiary hospital until she died, according to the medical certificate of the cause of death issued by Gwarzo General Hospital and I quote, “she died as i’m aware or informed on the 29th of November, 2016 at 4 am and the cause of death was septic stick and kidney injury”.

“So I’m worried about this report that she had urinary tract infection leading to kidney injury. Thus I wish to state for the umpteenth time that the cause of death as claimed by NYSC is simply contradictory! he blurted.

“May I also recall that as she conversed with me and the sister, the twisted tongue showed because her speech was slurred. We have strong cause to believe their account are mere fabrications,” Mr Oladepo stated.

Going further, the deceased’s father said “contrary to the report of Saturday Tribune, the NYSC has never been engaged in any communication nor any letter written to the family to consider autopsy.

He therefore believes there are concrete evidences to support the family claims, while stating that “all concerned are warned not to under estimate the veracity of such evidences and still attempt subverting the truth”.

“However, my hopes are high that the various concerned authorities in the land will all ensure justice is done and that our daughter, Dolapo, who courageously went to serve her father land does not die in vain,” he said.

A protest group under the aegis of concerned friends of Dolapo’s family, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, from making further inflammatory statements.

The group also raised concerns of transparency on the part of the investigative committee with the order for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of Dolapo’s death.

In the light of this, the family has now declared exhuming of Dolapo’s body as a last resort into the investigation.

Also at the conference, an interested party in the case, Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) sought for justice and thorough investigation.

They said this would inform their decision on whether or not to sue NYSC.

Although the names of the members of the investigative panel are still unknown, one wish of the friends and family of Dolapo is to establish the cause of her death as poor health facility and negligence of health workers in NYSC camps, which they describe as “another death trap for promising Nigerians”.

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.

NYSC Call-Up Letter Now Printable Online, Camp Opens Thursday

NYSC Call-Up Letter Now Printable Online, Camp Opens ThursdayThe National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced that prospective corps members, can now go online to print their call-up letters for the 2016 Batch B Stream 1 orientation course.

In a post via Twitter on Monday, the NYSC also released the camp registration process.

In the series of tweets, NYSC said: “Call up letter can now be printed for PCMs slated for Stream 1. They are to login to their respective dashboard with their email and password.

“If the Print Call up letter link is not on the dashboard, it means PCM is slated for Stream 2 scheduled for Jan 2017. No cause for alarm please.

“Registration in the camp for Stream 1, 2016 Batch ‘B’ commences on Thursday 24th November and closes by 12 midnight on the 25th November 2016.”

Purchase Of Made In Nigeria Shoes Earns Army Senate’s Commendation

army-boot Made In NigeriaThe promotion of made in Nigeria goods and services is a priority for the Nigerian government and this is seen in the commendation that the Nigerian Army has received from the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki for buying Nigerian made shoes.

The army had purchased 50,000 pairs of shoes from local manufacturers in Aba, a production hub in eastern Nigeria, for the use of officers and soldiers.

Lauding the decision, the Senate President said: “The move shows that the military is living up to its billing as an institution that can play vital roles in boosting the national economy”.

A statement by Dr. Saraki’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said that the Senate President pointed out that the decision to patronise Made in Nigeria footwear was a good example which showed the force as a pace setter and a truly national institution which is ready to contribute its quota in ending the present economic recession.

Mr Olaniyonu said that the Senate President had been a major supporter of the Aba local manufacturers.

According to him, Senator Saraki urged all the other military and para-military forces like the Air Force, navy, police, civil defence corps and the National Youth Service Corps to emulate the army by immediately banning the purchase of all imported foot wears in preference for locally produced ones.

He also urged the military and paramilitary agencies not to limit their patronage and promotion of Made in Nigeria goods to only shoes but to other items that can be sourced locally, while also praising the Air Force for the co-operation it is forging with the Innoson Motor Group in the area of manufacturing of some air plane parts.

“This is the essence of the amendment of the Public Procurement Act by the Senate since June. The new law compels all Ministries, Department and Agencies of government to compulsorily give preference to goods and services which can be sourced locally. We believe one of the gains that our country will derive from this recession is to make our people look inward and patronise locally made goods.

“Patronage of Made-in-Nigeria goods is an obvious panacea for our economic problems. We will by doing that increase our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), empower our youths, challenge their creativity, increase revenue generation ability of state governments and improve on the sense of self pride and patriotism of Nigerians”, he said.

The Senate President further advised State and Federal Governments to encourage local manufacturers by providing them with necessary infrastructure, soft loans, patronage and helping them to improve on the quality of their goods as well as facilitating their ability to access the export market.

Saraki also implored organised groups like the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), associations in the field of marketing communications and others who can help in the areas of goods packaging, sales promotion and quality enhancement to engage the local manufacturers and see how they can help them broaden their reach and produce goods that can be sold across the world.

“We have an opportunity to turn our challenge to prosperity. We can create mass employment and make the private sector centre of our economy if we can make our small and medium enterprises to prosper. This is a task for all of us and this promotion of Made-in-Nigeria is a cardinal point in the Agenda of the present Senate”, he said.

Buhari Inaugurates Committee On North East Initiative

muhammadu-buhari-addresses-northeast-initiative-committeePresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated a committee that will ensure that the huge population of Nigerians who have no homes following their displacement by Boko Haram return home.

the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNEI), calling on the

The committee led by General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating reconstruction efforts of the region which has been ravaged by insurgents.

According to the President, the committee will operate for only three years.

“The committee will be the apex coordinating body for all interventions in the region, including those of the family, national and international development partners.

“The committee is domiciled in the presidency and it is charged with the responsibility for developing the strategy, implementation framework for rebuilding the northeast region.

“It will exist for a period of three years while after it, it is envisaged that a long term regional development framework or entity may be established,” President Buhari stressed.

He called on the committee to approach their task with transparency.

Request For Virement Of Funds

The inauguration of the committee is coming a day after President Buhari in a letter to the National Assembly sought the lawmakers’ approval for virement of funds appropriated for special intervention to be used to fund some recurrent and capital items.

In the letter, he sought 180 billion Naira to cover the shortfalls in recurrent and capital expenditure.

It was read on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers.

Funding of the Presidential Initiative on North East is part of the expenditure listed in the letter.

The President also stated that the fund virement was needed to cover for the inadequacies in the National Youth Service Corps budget where an additional 8.5 billion Naira is required to cover the backlog of 129,469 corps members who are currently due for call up but would otherwise be left out till next year due to funding constraints.

In the letter read by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, President Buhari said the Special Intervention Fund would also fund Service Wide Votes for Police Academy, Operation Lafiya Dole, Subsidy and the Nigerian Air Force among others.

The National Assembly is expected to deliberate on the letter in the coming days.

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UNICEF fears over 40,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women in the northeast may die before end of year due to high rate of malnutrition

Over two million persons have been displaced in the northeast in the heat of  the over six years insurgency of Boko Haram terrorists.

UNICEF has raised alarm over humanitarian crisis in the region, with huge malnutrition cases recorded among children, nursing mothers and pregnant women.

Addressing the United Nations Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on the Movements of Refugees and Migrants President Buhari described as disheartening the number of people that have been displaced from their ancestral homes due to the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

He said over 600,000 have turned refugees in neighbouring countries, with two million displaced within the northeast.

President Buhari, however, expressed concern that the refugee problem is coming at a time the world economy is shrinking.

APC Alleges Plot By PDP To Unleash Mayhem, Rig Edo Election

PDP, APC on Edo Election The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has raised alarm over what it called an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unleash violence and cause confusion in the state during the governorship election.

The party, which is holding power in the state, claims that the plan would pave way for the opposition to rig the governorship election scheduled for September 10.

Militants From Delta

A statement by the party said “no less than 500 militants from Delta are being mobilised to critical areas of Edo State to carry out this evil plan using the waterways.

“The primary targets are Edo-North using the River Niger to access areas around Agenebode; Edo-South, via the Osse River; and Edo Central, via Ilushi River”.

Citing internal sources within the PDP, the APC also alleged that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members recruited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to participate in the conduct of the elections were being compromised by the PDP with the lure of huge financial rewards should they agree to act out their script to rig the elections.

“In their desperation to seize power at all cost, they have not only perfected plans to usurp the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) across the state but have already started acting it out as we have received reports that some PVCs meant for certain Local Government Areas have been hijacked by PDP thugs.

“We want to use this medium to call on the security agencies in the state, particularly the Nigerian Police Force, to investigate the matter expeditiously and immediately put in place measures to forestall their wicked plans, and maintain peace and order throughout this electioneering period.

“We also call on INEC to carry out due diligence on all its ad-hoc staff and monitor them closely so that those who have been compromised will not be allowed to carry out the PDP’s devious plans,” the statement read.

In his reaction to the alleged plot, the APC flagbearer, Godwin Obaseki, said: “We, in the APC, are not totally surprised by this distasteful development as the PDP is reputed for crude ‘do-or-die’ politics.

“We, however, want to state categorically that we will not be intimidated by their antics, and we will continue to push, through every legitimate means, our message of hope and prosperity.

“We are also confident that the good people of Edo State, having experienced unprecedented development and transformation of the state under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomole of the APC, will vehemently resist any attempt by the PDP to halt the remarkable progress we have made, and lead us back to the dark days when our people watched helplessly as a few thieving politicians pillaged our commonwealth and nearly destroyed our state”.

Postponement Advice

Amidst uncertainty on the September 10 exercise due to recommendations for postponement by security operatives, Obaseki urged his supporters to be vigilant, and continue to conduct themselves peacefully as law-abiding citizens of Edo State.

Meanwhile the PDP has described the call for postponement of the election as shocking and a bizarre.

The party responded to the advice by security agencies in a statement by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, on Wednesday.

After the advice was issued, the INEC said it had not received any official document advising it to shift the election and insisted that it would go ahead with the election as scheduled.

NYSC Promises To Provide Manpower To Rebuild Yobe

NYSCThe State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, Yobe State, said they are ready to supply the state with the required manpower that will accelerate development after the invasion by extremist group Boko Haram.

The NYSC Coordinator, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, also said the scheme will solidly support the rebuilding process, as relative peace returns to the North East.

Mr Mohammed, who recalled the role the scheme has played in the development of the state over the years, assured that with improved peace, NYSC will supply the needed manpower that will help.

He revealed that most of the stories being heard about the Northeast are not true and urged intending corps members to come and contribute to the development of the state and called on employers of labour to provide the enabling environment for the corps members.

The Coordinator said since he assumed duty in the state, the number of corps members serving in the state has not been encouraging but at the moment, the number has risen appreciably to over 1000.

Some corps members serving in the state recounted their experiences and applauded their decision to serve their fatherland in the troubled state.

They called on other corps members to accept their postings to Yobe so as to contribute their quota in rebuilding the state, which is relatively peaceful at the moment.

 

CBN Governor Tasks Youths On Local Production

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CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has appealed to Nigeria youths to channel their energies towards the production of goods and services locally.

Mr Emefiele was speaking on Thursday at a meeting to kick start the pilot phase of the Youths Entrepreneurship Programme in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

As over 1,000 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are expected to benefit from the scheme, he said the programme would reduce the pressure on the nation’s foreign exchange.

The CBN Governor noted that the the National Bureau of Statistics put the recent unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2016 at 42%.

He expressed optimism that reverse could be the case if more youths gain financing that would help boost their businesses.

The Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Sule Kazaure, commended the development.

He explained that the CBN and the NYSC were seeking to address the inability of the young population to access knowledge on finance schemes that could help them develop and grow their businesses.

EFCC Leads Walk Against Corruption

EFCC, CorruptionThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption campaigners took to the streets on Thursday to drum up support for the federal government’s war against graft.

The walk against corruption took place simultaneously in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

In Lagos, officials of the EFCC, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) alongside other groups in support of the war against corruption walked from the commission’s office in the Ikoyi area through to Obalende, Broad Street to Tinubu Square and back.

The walk lasted about two hours.

The Deputy Director Of Operations, Iliyasu Kwarbai, who led the walk said that the idea was to mobilise and educate members of the public to key into the anti-graft war.

“The fight is not only for government or the EFCC, the fight is for everybody and that is the reason why to educate members of the public,” he said.

In Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, members of the south-south zone of the commission also took to the streets.

The Zonal Head of the commission who led the walk tagged ‘Let’s Fight Corruption Together’ said that the level of rot in the Nigerian system and the recoveries made so far is shocking.

“There is a political will. Nobody anywhere in the world can doubt the sincerity, integrity and purposefulness of the current president, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The message from both rallies was clear, everyone needs to get on board and kill corruption before it kills the country.

Police Parade 75-Year-Old Certificate Forgery Suspect

Forgery Suspect, certificate forgeryThe Anambra State Police Command has paraded two elderly suspects who are specialists in certificate forgery.

Mr Onuzulike Ude, a 75-year-old retired teacher and Mrs Evelyn Nwoke, aged 52, were arrested between May 5 and 6, following information on their documents and certificate forgery business in Awka.

Parading the suspects alongside three other suspects arrested for robbery and production of fake currency, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, decried the evil business of the two elderly suspects.

He said that they have forged several certificates and documents including degree certificates of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, National Youth Service Corps discharge certificates among others.

Other suspects paraded were a robbery suspect, a fake currency manufacturing specialist and a kidnapping suspect known as Jerry Gana, who claims to be an ex-soldier as well as a graduate of Biochemistry.

He was involved in kidnapping in Delta State and ran to Anambra State to hide but was caught by the Police in the state.

He had collected ransom running into millions of Naira from the victims he had kidnapped before his arrest.

The Police boss, Mr Karma, warned criminals to steer clear of Anambra State as the state would remain too hot for them.

He warned that the long arm of the law will catch up with them wherever they are hiding to perpetrate their nefarious activities.