NYSC Denies Non-payment Of Corps Members’ Allowances

NYSCThe National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has discredited rumours of non-payment of allowances to Corps members in Lagos State.

NYSC made the disclaimer in a statement signed by its management on Thursday.

According to the agency, the “Management wishes to inform the general public that the rumour is untrue as the Federal Government has since paid the allowances of the Corps members for January and February 2016 through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

“For the avoidance of doubt, many Corps members we spoke to in
Lagos today (Thursday) confirmed receipt of payment of their allowances for the months of January and February 2016”.

NYSC, however, admitted that there were confirmed isolated cases of delayed access to the allowance due to technical issues in some banks in Akwa Ibom and Niger states, stressing that the affected banks should be blamed.

They added that steps have been taken towards immediate remedy of the problem, expressing confidence that the affected Corps members were expected to start receiving their allowances.

Although, the choice of banks was at the discretion of the Corps members, the NYSC management appealed to all banks to join the scheme to promote the welfare of the Corps members by prompt payment of their allowances.

NYSC Members Offer Free Medical Service In C/River

NYSC Members Offer Free Medical Service In C/RiverMembers of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State, South-South Nigeria have put together a free medical outreach for residents of a community in the state.

About a thousand inhabitants of Adiabo Community in Odukpani Local‎ Government Area of the state have benefitted from the health programme organised by the NYSC Medical and Health Care Group.

The services provided were blood pressure level check, sugar level, malaria checks, de-worming and treatment, as well as the distribution of mosquito nets.

The NYSC group hinted that the free medical services was aimed at providing succor to the less privileged and physically impaired in the area.

The youth corp members chose Adiabo “because it is said to be one of the communities in Calabar that lacks proper health care service”.

One of the volunteers, Alfred Mrakpor, described the effort as life touching and called on other Nigerians to emulate the development.

The women and children in Adiabo community could not hide their excitement on the health programme.

Alleged Fake Medical Doctor In Court For Stealing Degree

Alleged Faked Medical Doctor Arraigned Before CourtAn alleged faked Medical Doctor, Martins Okpe, an employee of the Federal Ministry of Health, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Mr Okpe was arraigned on a five-counts charge for impersonation and stealing of a Bachelor of Medicine Degree of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In the criminal charge where he pleaded not guilty, Okpe was also alleged to have stolen a Bachelor of Surgery Degree and National Youth Service Corps certificates belonging to another Dr Daniel George.

Having taken his plea, the accused person moved a bail application through his counsel, urging the Court to grant him bail in liberal terms, a position that was not opposed by the prosecution.

Drawing Monthly Salary 

The Court consequently admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of one million Naira, two sureties of which one must not be lower than level 12 in any Federal Government Agency.

The accused was to be remanded in Kuje Prison custody, pending when he would perfect his bail conditions.

Martins, 44, was employed as a Senior Medical Officer in 2006 on grade level 12 with the Federal Ministry of Health, where he was alleged to have been drawing monthly salary and allowances.

He was apprehended during the verification exercise of professional skills of Residence Doctors conducted by the Medical And Dental Council Of Nigeria, where he presented the certificate in June to secure clearance.

The offense is contrary to Section 383 of the Criminal Code which stipulates that “a person who fraudulently takes anything capable of being stolen, or fraudulently converts to his own use or to the use of any other person anything capable of being stolen, is said to steal that thing”.

The criminal Code in Section 390 stipulates the punishment for the offence which ranges from a minimum of two years imprison or a life sentence depending on the height of the offence.

Akwa Ibom Governor Emmanuel Charges Corps Members On Development

CorpsAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has urged corps members posted to the state to give their best for the development of the state.

Governor Emmanuel made the call on Thursday, while declaring open the 2015 Batch A, stream 2 orientation exercise in the state.

2,300 corps members were deployed to the state in the 2015 Batch A, stream 2, which made it a total of 11,000 corps members that are currently serving in Akwa Ibom State.

Governor Emmanuel urged the corps members to see their service year as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the state and the country.

He gave the assurance that the welfare of corps members posted to the state would get his administration’s utmost attention.

Promising to upgrade facilities in the orientation camp, the Governor promised that he would honour all commitments and promises made to the state National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by the immediate past administration in the state.

The State Director of NYSC, Ngozi Chukuka, said that the directorate was poised to groom more skilled, disciplined and hardworking youths who would add value to the State and Federal Government.

She informed the Governor that facilities in the camp had been overstretched due to explosion in the population of corps members posted to the state.

NYSC Announces Changes In Deployment To Safeguard Corps Members

Anthony AniThe Director of Mobilisation of the National Youth Service Corps, Anthony Ani, on Friday announced changes made by the agency to protect the lives of Corps members posted to the crisis-prone areas in the country.

During a conversation on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, he said; “The NYSC has taken precautionary measures to make sure that none of our corps members is affected in the security situation that is taking place in some parts of the country.”

Hence, the Youth Corps members posted to Borno State will have orientation programme in Nasarawa State, the official disclosed.

“Those deployed to Yobe will be having the orientation at FCT. Those that have been deployed to Adamawa will be having theirs in Niger State.” He added that a recent decision was also taken to ensure that corps members deployed to Bauchi have their orientation in Plateau State, while those deployed to Jigawa State move to Kaduna, and those deployed to Kano head to Kogi State.

Over 97,000 prospective Youth Corps members have been drafted for the orientation programme set to commence on August 5, but for Corps members who have been re-posted to the aforementioned States, the programme would commence on September 1, after which, those originally posted to those states would have completed their programme, on August 26.

According to him, all security agencies in the country have been informed about the changes and they had started monitoring all the camps.

Ani explained that changes have been made to “safeguard all prospective Corp members”. He added; “We want to avoid any incident that will result in the loss of life or any injury on our Corp members.”

He also stated that all Corps members would be adequately sensitized about security situations wherever they are and given the phone numbers of the DPOs, Commissioner of Police, and other agencies, in case of security threats.

Ani disclosed that the agency had set up a distress centre in Abuja and distress calls made to the centre would be connected to the nearest security agency. In addition, all security agencies have been told that Corps members’ lodges and other accommodations must be protected.

The host communities have also been sensitized to treat the Corps members as their relatives.

Software Institute Of Nigeria Calls For Growth In Industry

softwareNigeria needs to establish a one stop shop of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) retooling center if the Software Industry in Nigeria must be developed.

The former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr. Chris Uwaje, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Business Morning, said that the educational system has a lot of role to play if the industry would grow to the desired level.

He maintains that there is need to build the local content in the industry and that the youths should be encouraged to be innovative.

Local software industry is said not to be growing at the pace it ought to, at least when compared to that of other developing nations.

Nigeria’s Software Industry is said to be potentially a 6 billion dollar industry and can surpass the contributions from the oil industry, especially as the software industry is not a capital intensive sector.

However, the potentials that abound in the industry are yet to be tapped.

Open University VC Decries Poor Enrolment Of Northern Students

Vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has decried the low enrolment of students from the northern part of the country into the institution compared to their southern counterparts.

At a news conference in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe lamented that despite the flexibility in the admission process of the university, the northern region is yet to make use of the opportunity, adding that only a few number of students from states in the north are studying in the institution.

NYSC for NOUN Graduates

The Vice Chancellor also called for review of the law establishing the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) to enable graduates from NOUN participate in the mandatory national youth service scheme since all its programmes are full time and accredited by the National Universities Commission(NUC).

He used the opportunity to authenticate the certificate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who graduated as a theological student from the university.

Professor Tenebe described the former president as a “very troublesome but brilliant student.”

COE Students Protest Over Non-Remittance of Fees To University

Students of College of Education Ilorin undergoing degree sandwich programme at Ekiti State University have staged a demonstration against the management of the college for non-remittance of their school fees to the university thereby preventing them from observing the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps.

The students in their hundreds blocked the entrance of the college and demanded the prompt remittance of over N100,000,000 to the university to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

The students of College Of Education Ilorin in their hundreds stormed the campus of the school singing and dancing demanding for remittance of their school fees to the Ekiti State University for their degree courses.

The situation at the surroundings of the college was tense as the students cluster in groups discussing their plights and the next step to be taken.

Security operatives were stationed around the area to prevent the breakdown of law and order with bonfires on the roads leading to the gates of the college.

The over 1,500 degree  students affiliated to Ekiti State University accused the management of College Of Education Ilorin of collecting N7,000 per session and remitting N28,000 to the university and still default in payment since last year.

The situation is likely to affect them in observing the one year mandatory service of the nation since the deadline is less than a week for the closure of the registration.

Students have insisted on prompt payment of the over N100,000,000 owed the Ekiti State university to be effected today, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Muhammad Lade in turn assured that the money would be paid to the university on Friday.

It would be recalled that a visitation panel set up by the Kwara State Government to probe the activities of the state owned tertiary institutions chaired by Professor Sheu Jimoh had indicted the former acting provost of the college, Doctor Abubakar Ibrahim of not capable of running the institution.

 

 

Reps stop NYSC from posting graduates to volatile states

The House of Representatives on Tuesday ordered the National Youth Service Corps to stop posting graduates who have been mobilised for the compulsory national service to volatile states in Northern Nigeria.
The lawmakers gave this directive following protests by corps members posted to such states that their lives would be in danger due to the Boko Haram crisis.

The House, however, said that those corps members who wish to serve in such states should be allowed to do so, including their indigenes.