Corps Member Builds Ablution Points, Renovates Toilet Facility In Zamfara Mosque

Jeremiah Shimasaan said the move is to encourage religious tolerance.

 

A Christian corps member, Jeremiah Shimasaan, serving in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital has constructed an ablution point and renovated a three-unit toilet facility in a mosque.

He also installed a suggestion box at the main entrance of the Zamfara State Radio and Television Services administrative block.

The twenty-five-year-old corps member serving at the Zamfara State Radio and Television Services said the idea of the project is to promote religious tolerance among Nigerians.

Shimasaan noted that the decision was moved by his desire to cushion the stressful effects of getting clean drinking water, for toilet use (conveniences), and ablution especially for the Muslim ummah during prayers.

The suggestion box according to him is for collecting and collating suggestions and emails for administrative purposes.

”My decision to have the project in a mosque is to promote religious tolerance, unity, and peaceful co-existence among people of different faiths. If all of us in this country will respect each other’s faith, and love one another unconditionally, we will have the Nigeria of our dream without killing or attacking one another,” he explained.

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Commissioning the projects, the Permanent Secretary, Zamfara State Ministry of Environment, Ahmad Liman, commended the corps member and described him as a unifier.

Barrister Liman said corps members like Jerry Shimasaan with a heart of gold are very rare to find, but Zamfara state is lucky to have him.

He said the decision to uplift the standard of the mosque conveniences and ablution point will surely attract the corp member Allah’s blessings, guidance, and protection at all times.

The permanent secretary enjoined other corps members in the country to emulate what Shimasaan did which according to him will go a long way in promoting peace and unity among people irrespective of any differences.

Jeremiah Shimasaan is a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the Benue State University, Makurdi.

He is a corps member of NYSC Batch C Stream 1 with state code number ZM/21C/0446 and he is expected to round up his service year in September this year.

 

Those at the commissioning of the projects include officials of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), serving corps members, religious leaders, and representatives of the host community among others.

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.

‘Everybody Is Peaceful Like It’s Sallah Day,’ NYSC DG Assesses Osun Election

This photo taken on July 16, 2022, shows some of the corps members deployed for the governorship election in Osun State.

 

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Mohammed Fadah, has positively reviewed the deployment of corps members for the Osun State governorship election and the conduct of the poll.

“The place is more peaceful than Ekiti because there isn’t any report of violence,” he told Channels TV’s Seun Okinbaloye when asked about the poll in Osogbo, the state capital.

“Everybody is peaceful like it’s Sallah day, everywhere is peaceful and they are doing their thing in a very peaceful manner. There is no negative report so far.”

The NYSC DG said about 10,000 corps members were deployed for the election in which 15 candidates are racing to govern the state for the next four years.

 

Over the years, there have been questions and concerns about the welfare of corps members deployed for elections.

In Osun, the NYSC boss, who says he has gone round to monitor the conduct of the poll, believes there is no cause for concern.

“I am very comfortable,” he said. “There is no report of any negative thing. Their (the corp members) morale was very high. I was with them yesterday and I gave them room to ask questions or make complaints if they had any.”

Brigadier-General Fadah also praised the partnership between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the NYSC, describing it as a “good relationship for national development”.

“I am happy the relationship is very cordial,” he added.

I Hope Terrorists Will Understand Nigeria’s Problem Is To Be Productive – Buhari  

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking in Katsina State on July 19, 2021. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday met with serving corps members in his Daura country home of Katsina State, saying he hopes terrorists wreaking havoc will realise the nation’s problem is to be productive.

Receiving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Buhari said regular interface and a broader vision of Nigeria as a whole will improve relationships, especially among the youths.

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He advised Nigerian youths to look beyond culture, ethnicity and religion in relating with one another, urging more travel, mingling, tolerance and negotiations to appreciate the rich diversity of the country.

“I hope the rest of Nigerians that are making trouble, the terrorists and so on, will understand that Nigeria’s problem is people to be productive in terms of producing the food we eat, look at when we closed our borders for about two years, stopped the importation of rice, a lot of people had gone back to the land and they haven’t regretted it, we are now feeding ourselves and some rice being exported. So this is my objective and I am achieving it,” he stated.

“My only problem is that there are still people who really benefit from killing other people and stealing and so on.”

The President said the NYSC scheme broadened the horizon for many over the years and reduced the tensions and misunderstandings that exist between strangers.

He asked the youth corps to keep expanding their views on life and opportunities, and avoid the limitations of culture, ethnicity, and religion by exploring technology to network, even beyond borders, ensure personal development, and a more competitive means of livelihood.

“It’s very good for Nigerian seeing that Corps members posted to Maiduguri, Sokoto, or here in Katsina State.

“Before NYSC, there were people of Lagos who had never gone out of the Lagos island, and then they found themselves in Maiduguri, or Sokoto or here, I think is very very good for Nigeria.

“Nigeria is so vast culturally, ethnically and religiously, and we have to learn tolerance with each other.

“So I congratulated you for coming here to the other end of Nigeria from wherever you come, I wish you a successful NYSC camp.

“Now we are into a time if you cooperate with technology because government job is no longer there,” the President added.

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.

Engineer Nura Khalil Wins Katsina NNPP Governorship Ticket

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil
Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil

 

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil has been declared the winner of the Katsina State New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP) governorship primary.

Khalil secured 950 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ibrahim Zakari Talba, who got 29 votes.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim announced the result on Monday after almost two hours of the voting process in which 1,154 delegates drawn from the 34 LGAs of the State took part.

He said out of 981 votes cast, two were invalid.

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Ibrahim Zakari Talba
A photo collage of Ibrahim Zakari Talba

 

The exercise, which took place at the Katsina NYSC Camp located at Mani Road, Katsina commenced at about 4:45 pm and ended at about 7:00 pm.

Before the voting commenced, both the winner of the primary, Engineer Khalil, and the runner-up, Ibrahim Zakari arrived at the venue of the primary and greeted delegates.

However, Zakari announced his withdrawal from the primary for alleged irregularities and conspiracy.

‘No Lives Lost’ After NYSC Coaster Bus Catches Fire In Warri

This screengrab from a viral video on social media shows NYSC members trying to escape a Coaster Bus after it caught fire.
This screengrab from a viral video on social media shows NYSC members trying to escape a Coaster Bus after it caught fire.

 

The National Youth Service Corps in Delta State has dispelled reports making the rounds on social media that some Corps Members died in a fire incident involving a Coaster bus belonging to the College of Education, Warri.

According to a statement signed by the NYSC Delta State coordinator, Alao Olusegun, the vehicle was scheduled to convey Corps Members that served in the Institution to Asaba for their Passing-Out Ceremony.

However, the fire incident did not lead to any casualty, Olusegun said.

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According to the statement, all the Corps Members in the bus made it to Asaba for the ceremony and the vehicle has been returned to the College for repairs.

 

See full statement below:

*RE: DELTA FIRE INCIDENT; NO LIFE WAS LOST*

The attention of NYSC Management, Delta State has been drawn to reports making the rounds in the social media to the effect that some Corps Members lost their lives in a fire incident that involved a Coaster bus belonging to the College of Education, Warri.

The said vehicle was scheduled to convey Corps Members that served in the Institution to Asaba for their Passing-Out Ceremony.

However, contrary to what some online reporters peddled, indeed, there was a mild fire incident involving the Coaster bus, however, there was no casualty.

For emphasis, no Corps Member was lost to the mild fire incident that did not consume the bus, and equally, there was no hospitalisation whatsoever.

All the Corps Members in the bus made it to Asaba for the ceremony and the vehicle returned to the College for repairs.

I wish to implore journalists, particularly online reporters to always verify stories before rushing to publish to avoid misinformation.

Alao, Olusegun
State Coordinator
NYSC Delta State

Avoid Unauthorised Trips, NYSC DG Tells Corps Members

A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members in action. Credit: NYSC/Twitter
A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members in action. Credit: NYSC/Twitter

 

Corps members serving in different communities across Nigeria have been warned against unnecessary and unauthorised journey while serving the country.

The Director General of National Youth Service Corp (NYSC ) Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim gave the warming at the closing ceremony of 2022 Batch A stream 2 corps members in Sokoto state.

The DG, who was Represented by the State Coordinator of NYSC in Sokoto State, Muhammad Nakamba, said to minimize the risk of road traffic accident, corps members are expected to always cut short their trips from six o’clock in the evening.

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He added that in the event dusk sets on a journey, they should try to spend the night at a military barrack or any other official place designated as safe.

He also warned that social vices such as drug abuse, trafficking, cybercrime and advance fee fraud will not be condoned saying anyone caught would be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the NYSC bye-laws.

He enjoined them to be law abiding at all times stressing they should be good ambassadors of the scheme and their families.

He further urged them to use social media for positive purposes instead of promoting rumors, fake news, hatred and ethnic jingoism.

Shuaibu disclosed that their welfare and security are guaranteed saying the scheme has a sustained liaison with security agencies and other stakeholders with a view of ensuring their safety and also making the essential provisions that would enable them have a fulfilling service year.

He implored them to be diligent in the performance of their duties and also urged them to integrate into their host communities through learning of their languages and cultures.

He used the opportunity to thank the National Assembly for the progress made on the legislative processes on the bill for the establishment of the trust fund for the corps members.

He urged them to take skill acquisition learnt at the orientation camp and after the camp to make themselves self reliant after the service year saying white collar jobs are not easy to find now.

NYSC Members To Show COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Before Camp Registration

(FILE) Corps members depart an orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says prospective members will be required to show evidence of vaccination before they will be allowed into the camp for registration from the next orientation exercise in 2022.

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, announced this on Monday in his nationwide virtual address to the 2021 Batch “C” Stream Two corps members and camp officials.

Amid the reported cases of the new COVID-19 variant – omicron, he stated that the NYSC would not let down its guard on strict adherence to the protocols put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

“We want to ensure that we adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical protocols of COVID-19,” Ibrahim was quoted as saying in a statement by a spokesman for the corps, Emeka Mgbemena.

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He advised corps members that were about to complete their orientation course to add value to themselves by acquiring skills that would make them business owners, instead of seeking the scarcely available salaried jobs.

The NYSC-DG noted that the scheme had partnered several institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others to provide soft loans to corps members with good business proposals.

He urged them to continue with the post-camp training of the skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme they started during the orientation course.

Avoid Free Rides

The brigadier-general gave an assurance that efforts were ongoing to establish NYSC Trust Fund to make more funds available for willing corps member to start their businesses as they exit service.

“NYSC is a platform for those that are very serious. Please take the skill acquisition seriously and ensure you register for the post-camp training. I can assure you that our partners are ready to support us to ensure that the start-up capitals are made available to corps members,” he said.

lbrahim also warned corps members against night and unauthorised journeys, but break any trip extending beyond 6pm and pass the night in a safe place.

“Don’t endanger your security and for those going on relocation, please ensure that you don’t travel at night,” he stated. “Don’t board vehicles by the roadside, but go to designated motor parks to do so.

“Avoid free rides; we have partnered various transport unions, including the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that only road-worthy vehicles are provided for corps members while travelling.

“We have NYSC corps lodges, secretariats, and army barracks; find out where they are and make sure you pass the night there for journeys that will take you beyond six (pm) to get to your destination.”

Akwa Ibom CP Orders Arrest Of Police Over Death Of Prospective NYSC Member

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The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of a police officer, ASP Joweigha Michael over the death of a prospective NYSC member, Kubiat Isaac.

Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr Odiko MacDon disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo at the weekend.

According to MacDon, the CP also ordered that an autopsy be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Isaac who was a graduate of the University of Uyo, awaiting enrollment into the NYSC programme in November, was arrested and was said to have been in police custody when he died.

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The incident has since sparked public outcry, especially across social media, with many calling for justice.

Giving details of the incident, the Akwa Ibom PPRO said: “the attention of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has been drawn to news making the rounds on social media that one Kubiat Isaac who was arrested at Eni Stores was beaten to death by a Police Personnel.

“It is expedient to state that the said Kubiat Isaac was being investigated for the offence of suspected armed robbery and cultism and had been evading arrest for some time. He was traced to and arrested at Eni Stores on the 29th of August, 2021 and taken for questioning.

“On arrival at the Division, the DPO ordered that he be transferred to the State CID where the case was pending for a discreet investigation. Unfortunately, the Suspect said he was sick. He was taken to the Police Clinic for treatment but gave up the ghost in the process.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Andrew Amiengheme has ordered for an autopsy to be conducted in order to determine the cause of death. The CP who has great respect for fundamental rights notes that contemporary policing isn’t about torture and should not be tolerated, hence, has vowed that a diligent and transparent investigation will be conducted.

“To actualize this, the CP ordered for the immediate arrest and detention for questioning of one ASP Joweigha Michael who preliminary investigation revealed was the officer who carried out the arrest of the said Kubiat”.

The Commissioner of Police condoled with the family of the deceased, assuring them that the full weight of the law would be brought to bear and the officer would be held accountable for his actions if found culpable.

Nursing Mother, 24 Other Corps Members Test Positive For COVID-19 In Gombe

A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members on a field.
A file photo of National Youth Service Corp members on a field.

 

Twenty-five prospective Corps Members, including a nursing mother have tested positive for the coronavirus disease at the Gombe State NYSC camp located in Amada – Akko Local government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday via a telephone interview.

He disclosed that the 25 prospective corps members were tested between the last 3 days and have been moved to the state-owned Infectious Disease Centre in Kwadon.

“Out of 1,291 that were tested  25 persons turned positive by Polymerase Chain Reaction, one is a nursing mother” the Commissioner stated.

“For the sake of coordination the incident management system in Gombe, chaired by  myself has conducted a meeting at the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre and we have also moved as required by the guideline to Kwadon Isolation centre.”

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On the welfare arrangement of the corps members, Dahiru noted that the state government has made provisions for it at the isolation centre, as well as their medication and security.

He also assured that the patients will be managed at the isolation centre until they test negative and are made to join other corps members, adding that the state government has also put machinery on ground to avoid fear and trauma among them.

The Commissioner added, “We have also provided psychosocial support because some of them may be asymptomatic and may wonder why they are kept there. So we had to educate them that they are at risk to the general public because unconsciously they will be infecting others.

“We have introduced sporting activities such as football, volley ball and also activated satellite dishes with televisions to keep them entertained.”

With the new Delta Variant in Nigeria, Dahiru asked members of the public to observe the protocols, noting that the virus is still raging.

He also called on residents of the state not to relent on the use of the non-pharmaceutical interventions to avert further spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“We have to continue testing, so that the more they come, they get verified and everybody that comes into the camp must be tested.

“We are only telling the community in Gombe that there’s Covid-19 still in transmission and they need to observe the non-pharmaceutical measures and when vaccines are available, we urge them to avail themselves for inoculations,” the commissioner stated further.

Gov Emmanuel Commiserates NYSC, Parents Over Death Of Corps Members

Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel

 

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and families of prospective corps members from University of Uyo who lost their lives on their way to Camp in Katsina State.

Governor Emmanuel expressed his grief while receiving NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who was on a condolence visit to the Government House in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The governor was saddened by the death of the Corps members who lost their lives in an auto crash, noted that as a father, it is painful to lose a child after investing much in raising them educationally and otherwise.

“It is a very sad moment, and a black Wednesday. Well, we cannot question God when things like this happen. It’s God that knows everything and He’s in control of everything, but our heartfelt condolences will always and ever go out to the parents and the families of those corps members,” he said.

“I call them corps members because they’ve been called and the have their call-up letters, so I won’t say prospective I say those Corps members who were on their way to orientation camp and unfortunately this has happened. Our prayers will always go to these our beloved sons that lost their lives.

“I received with heavy heart because I could feel the pains as a father, not after you have finished sponsoring your child to primary, secondary and then up to university and then on his way to NYSC camp and this happened.”

He also thanked the NYSC boss for his prompt reaction to the incidence and condolence visit to the state and families of the corps members who lost their lives, describing him as a good shepherd who has demonstrated love and concern over the well-being of his corps members in the country.

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The governor vowed to clamp down on any transport agency that students at night on long distances, lamenting that such sad occurrence would have been avoided if the transport agency was not careless and the driver not fatigued on the wheels.

In his remark, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who led the NYSC delegation described the incident as a sad moment for the scheme and leaving the affected families devastated.

He prayed that God would console Akwa Ibom State and the families who lost their wards on their way to camp.

“The entire NYSC family was completely devastated and of course the good people of Akwa Ibom because we lost those corps members,” Shuaibu said.

“Having received the clarion call, they were patriotic Nigerians and were ready to put in their best to the service of the country but unfortunately we lost them. On behalf of the NYSC management, corps members and staff, please accept our heartfelt condolences.”

The affected prospective corps members are; Asuquo Miracle Effiong, Ekikoh Stella Sylvester, Ezuruike Coleman Chikwuado, Upere Innocent Peter and Akpan Victor Joseph.