The Week In Photos: Empty Shelves And Fishing Frenzy

A combination of best photos for the week ending March 21, 2020.
A combination of best photos for the week ending March 21, 2020.

 

Our selection for this week (ending March 21, 2020) is dominated by issues around the coronavirus pandemic, but the world is still chugging along.

 

 

Candidates of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) wait outside a JAMB CBT Centre in Abuja on Monday March 16th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
Candidates of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) wait outside a JAMB CBT Centre in Abuja on Monday March 16th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV

 

The moment APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole arrived the APC headquarters for the first time since his suspension on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
The moment APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole arrived the APC headquarters for the first time since his suspension on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Members of the National Youth Service Corps departs the FCT orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Members of the National Youth Service Corps depart the FCT orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday after NYSC closed camps over the coronavirus pandemic. March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Members of the National Youth Service Corps departs the FCT orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Sorry guys. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

A petroleum station meter in Abuja reads the new N125 price per liter of petrol on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 after the Federal Government’s directive to adjust the pump price of premium motor spirit to N125 per litre. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A petroleum station meter in Abuja reads the new N125 price per liter of petrol on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 after the Federal Government’s directive to adjust the pump price of premium motor spirit to N125 per litre. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Members of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) embark on a modulation of petroleum products prices in Abuja on March 18th, 2020 after the Federal Government’s directive to adjust the pump price of premium motor spirit to N125 per litre. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Here are members of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) making sure the FG’s directive is followed. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Motorist queue for fuel after the reduction of PMS to N125 per litre in Abuja on Friday, March 20th, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Motorists queue for fuel after the reduction of PMS to N125 per litre in Abuja on Friday, March 20th, 2020. Photos: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Store owners stand outside their closed stores in Dutse, Abuja after being closedown by task force over unknown cause on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Store owners stand outside their closed stores in Dutse, Abuja after being closedown by task force over unknown cause on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

People shopping for hand sanitizer at a store in Abuja following the continuous spread of the Corona Virus on Friday, March 20th 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A man shops for hand sanitizer at a store in Abuja following the continuous spread of the Coronavirus on Friday, March 20, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

A man pushes a cart at a store in Abuja on Friday, March 20th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Wow, who bought everything? A man pushes a cart at a store in Abuja on Friday, March 20, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

A woman takes her children to work after schools were asked to closed down in Abuja. The closure is part of precautionary measures adopted to curtail further spread of the virus on Friday, March 20th 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A woman takes her children to work after schools were asked to close down in Abuja. The closure is part of precautionary measures adopted to curtail further spread of the virus on Friday, March 20th 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

A schoolgirl washes her hand as one of the precautionary measure of preventing the spread of the Corona Virus at a Government Junior Secondary School in Abuja on Friday. March 20th 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Yes, this schoolgirl knows how to keep herself safe from coronavirus. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

An Algerian man disinfects his hands with alcohol gel attached to a pole in Algiers' Bab el-Oued district on March 20, 2020. - A total of 82 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 have been confirmed in Algeria, according to the health ministry. An 83rd case was detected in an Italian national, who has since returned to Italy. Two more virus deaths were registered in Algeria yesterday, the health ministry said, bringing to eight the number of fatalities from COVID-19 since the first case was registered in the country at the end of February. Photo: AFP
This Algerian man too. Photo: AFP

 

Secondary school students wash their hands at temporary hand washing point before they return home as Rwandan Government decided to send back all students of boarding schools after the first case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus was found on March 13, in Kigali, on March 16, 2020. Photo: AFP
And these secondary school children in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: AFP

 

A staff member of Kenya's Ministry of Health sprays disinfectant on a rock which people sit on to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Gikomba Market in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 21, 2020. - African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness. Photo: AFP
A staff member of Kenya’s Ministry of Health sprays disinfectant on a rock which people sit on to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Gikomba Market in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 21, 2020. Photo: AFP

 

Muslim faithfuls worship inside the National Mosque in Abuja before the Friday Jumah prayer on March 20th 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
Muslim faithfuls worship inside the National Mosque in Abuja before the Friday Jumah prayer on March 20, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

A Muslim man wearing a makeshift mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits with other worshippers the beginning of the Friday prayer at the 23rd Street Mosque in the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Mayfair, Johannesburg, on March 20, 2020. - The mosque implemented a double shift prayer schedule to respect the instructions given by the South African Government limiting to 100 hundred the number of people per religious gathering. Photo: AFP
Religious activities are still on in South Africa too. This picture was taken on Friday. Photo: AFP

 

Fishermen try to catch fishes during the final of the revived Argungu fishing and cultural festival at Argungu Town, Kebbi State in northwest Nigeria, on March 14, 2020. - Argungu fishing and cultural festival is one of the oldest and most widely attended festivals in the country dating back many generations, featuring series of water competitions and traditional games. The festival returned after 10 years suspension due to insecurity in northwest Nigeria. Photo: AFP
Fishermen try to catch fishes during the final of the revived Argungu fishing and cultural festival at Argungu Town, Kebbi State in northwest Nigeria, on March 14, 2020. – Argungu fishing and cultural festival is one of the oldest and most widely attended festivals in the country dating back many generations, featuring series of water competitions and traditional games. The festival returned after 10 years suspension due to insecurity in northwest Nigeria. Photo: AFP

 

Venezuelan citizens wearing protective face masks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus carry an unconscious lady as they try to enter to Colombia, in Cucuta, Colombia, on March 14, 2020. - Colombian President Ivan Duque announced on Friday, March 13, 2020, the closure of all border crossings with Venezuela, and restricted the entry of foreigners who have been in Europe and Asia in the last 14 days, as measures to stop the expansion of the new Coronavirus. Photo: AFP
Venezuelan citizens wearing protective face masks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus carry an unconscious lady as they try to enter to Colombia, in Cucuta, Colombia, on March 14, 2020. – Colombian President Ivan Duque announced on Friday, March 13, 2020, the closure of all border crossings with Venezuela, and restricted the entry of foreigners who have been in Europe and Asia in the last 14 days, as measures to stop the expansion of the new Coronavirus. Photo: AFP

States Comply With FG’s Directive To Shut NYSC Camps

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

States have started complying with the Federal Government’s directive to shut the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps.

In a visit to Taraba State camp located at Sibre, along Jalingo-Wukari Expressway, corps members in their number were queuing up to be documented as others were seen loitering around in disarray.

The State Coordinator, David Markson, who declined being interviewed stressed that the directive by the NYSC Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim said “no state coordinator should speak to the press except the DG.”

Although the corps members are undergoing an emergency clearance for their monthly allowances, they are however expected to depart immediately after receiving same.

Meanwhile, some officials who preferred anonymity explained that arrangements are in top gear to convey them to their respective destinations, though no mention of either they will be taken to their respective homes or places of primary assignments.

READ ALSO: FG Issues Travel Ban On 13 Countries Over COVID-19 Pandemic

In Bayelsa State, Channels Television observed that corps members at the Kaiama Orientation Camp were waiting to receive their posting letters.

Similarly in Niger State, corps members were seen relaxing themselves in their camp at Paiko, in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state

The State NYSC coordinator refused to comment on the implementation of the government’s directives.

Scene of the Niger camp

As some corps members confirmed that they are being paid N1,400 as bicycle allowance some other traders at the camp are not happy with the ban.

Some of them said they paid to gain access to the camp for three weeks, only to be told barely a week after that the camps would be shut down.

According to them, the Federal Government would not have allowed camps to open in the first place.

In Kano, the camp located in Karaye Local Government Area has complied with the directives to ensure that 2184 corps members are all posted to their Places of Primary Assignment with no hitches.

The state coordinator, Aisha Mohammed assured that all corps members were posted to different locations across the state and have started leaving the camp.

According to her, transportation was made available in collaboration with the local government chairman at a short notice to make sure of the safety and non-extortion of corps members.

Similarly in Lagos, the state chapter of the scheme has obeyed the directive to shut down the NYSC Orientation camp.

The NYSC State coordinator, Mr Eddy Mega said the camp will be shut down indefinitely, adding that the 2253 corps members will be given their posting letters.

NYSC Suspends Ongoing Orientation Course

 

The ongoing orientation for the National Youth Service has been cut short by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The minister, Mr Sunday Dare says this is part of the Federal Government’s precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

READ ALSO: FG Bans Foreign Trips For Govt Officials Over Coronavirus

The orientation programme started on March 10 and was supposed to end on March 30.

All corps members are to be paid and sent to their places of primary assignment.

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, is expected to give more details.

Obiano Commissions NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp In Anambra

 

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has commissioned the new Permanent Orientation Camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Mbaukwu-Umuawulu, in Awka South Local Government Area.

According to the governor, apart from accomodating the corps members, the camp can generate about three hundred direct jobs and over one thousand indirect jobs.

“The orientation camp is expected to cater to 300 direct jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs. That is the essence of our investments in this project apart from the fact that it will be a comfortable place to put together men and women who are serving their fatherland for a mandatory period of one year. My advice to all of you is to an effective participant in this programme,” he said.

READ ALSO: I Am Moving On, I Don’t Want To Go Back – Sanusi

On his part, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare praised the governor for his administration’s support to the scheme.

The Minister noted that Obiano “is making the best investment in our youths, those of the ground here and the youths of Anambra who are in different skill acquisition centres.”

Speaking also, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Mr Kehinde Aremu, confirmed the clean health status of all corps members.

He noted that prior to the commencement of the Orientation Course for the Batch A, Stream II corps members, mandatory Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests were carried out for all participants.

Aremu also reiterated the commission’s commitment to safeguarding the health status of all corps members and others involved in the scheme.

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Police Rescue Four NYSC Corps Members And One Other, Recover Two Rifles

 

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force today March 11, 2020, rescued four NYSC corps members who were kidnapped on March 9, 2020, along Funtua-Gusau Road on their way to NYSC Orientation Camp, Gusau in Zamfara State.

The successful rescue operation came as a result of diligent and intense intelligence gathering and sustained coordinated operations.

READ ALSO: Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers In Abuja

The corps members: Oladehin Paul, Ojo Temitope, Ojewale Elizabeth and Adenigbuyan Adegboyega have since been handed over to the Zamfara State Director of the National Youth Service Corps, while Mohammed Ardo, a co-travellers from Gusau who was also kidnapped along with the corps members has also been rescued and successfully reunited with his family.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu while commending the Commissioner of Police in charge of Katsina state CP Sanusi Buba, his operatives as well as good citizens of the state who supported the police operations assured Nigerians of the unrelenting determination of the Force to rid the nation of all forms of crime and criminality.

Court Orders DSS To Probe Bayelsa Deputy Governor For Certificate Forgery

FILE PHOTO: Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo receives the Certificate of Return as the deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on February 14, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

An Abuja Area Court has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to investigate the allegation of forgery of a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) certificate levelled against the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

An APC chieftain from Bayelsa State, Benjamin Youdiowei, had approached the Area Court in Lugbe, Abuja, alleging that Ewhrudjakpo presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his nomination as a candidate, a forged NYSC Exemption Certificate.

READ ALSO: ‘My Disqualification Is Distressing,’ Sacked Bayelsa Deputy Gov Heads To Supreme Court

Youdowei alleged that Ewhrudjakpo had been using the allegedly forged document as part of his credentials.

The NYSC certificate is dated February 2, 1998, with number 139708.

The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq, had on November 27, 2019, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Ewhrudjakpo following his absence from the court for the day’s proceedings.

He had also ordered the police to investigate the deputy governor before issuing a fresh order directing the DSS to take over the investigation.

Ewhrudjakpo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was until his swearing-in as the Bayelsa State deputy governor on February 14, 2020, the senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

He was sworn in alongside the state governor, Duoye Diri, following the February 14, 2020 judgment of the Supreme Court nullifying the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates in the last governorship election in the state.

TRENDING: Nigerian Students In US ‘Recreate’ NYSC Experience

PHOTO CREDIT: Nnamdi Ezike @iamendee

 

Nigerian students in foreign countries are renowned for flying high the flag of their motherland.

Some of them at the University of Arkansas recently held an event that gave their American host community the opportunity to experience the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The photos and videos from the event went viral after they were shared by Nnamdi Ezike, a Ph.D student at the school on his Twitter handle.

READ ALSO: From Ekiti to Oklahoma: How A Nigerian Conquered The Odds

“The Nigerian students at the University of Arkansas on Saturday, 01/02/2020, held an event that gave our American host community the opportunity to experience the NYSC.

“We re-enacted the NYSC experience; camp drills, mammy market, parades…,” he said in his post on the microblogging site.

PHOTO CREDIT: Nnamdi Ezike @iamendee

 

The students in a creative and fun manner recreated and enjoyed NYSC activities including camp drills, passing out parade, Mammy Market, tug of war game, cultural presentation and lots more.

PHOTO CREDIT: Nnamdi Ezike @iamendee

 

The event was hosted by the International Culture Team of the University of Arkansas.

It was sponsored by the University of Arkansas’ International Students and Scholars; Center for Multicultural and Diversity Ed; Diversity and Inclusion; Walton College of Business Diversity and Inclusion; IDEALS Institute; Fulbright Diversity and Inclusion; African and African American Studies and the Graduate School and International Education.

This coincides with President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments about the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme which he described as a laudable one that needs to be sustained as it affords the opportunity for Nigerian youths to understand the country better.

President Buhari said this when he received NYSC members who visited him at the presidential villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

See more videos from the fun event below…

 


 

Some People From Victoria Island In Lagos Have Not Been To Ikeja, Says Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says some persons who live in Victoria Island have never visited Ikeja in Lagos. 

The President made this comment while highlighting the importance of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) program.

While receiving delegates of the NYSC at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, President Buhari commended Yakubu Gowon,  former military head of state, for introducing the NYSC as a means of uniting Nigeria.

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He described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme as a laudable one that needs to be sustained as it affords the opportunity for Nigerian youths to understand the country better.

“Whenever I meet General Gowon up till today, I thank him for initiating the NYSC. It is nationalist and patriotic thinking that led to the development of the scheme,” he added

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, the President noted that the scheme has made the youth to know their country better and understand other cultures, adding that Lagosians who have never visited Ikeja can find themselves in other parts of the country.

“People come from far and wide; some from Victoria Island in Lagos have not even been to Ikeja. They now find themselves in Daura and other parts of the country. Whenever I go to my town, I get in touch with members; some of them from Lagos, some from Port Harcourt,” he stated.

In the statement by the president’s spokesman, the corps members, who were led by Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports development, and Ibrahim Shehu, director-general of the NYSC, came to thank the president for increasing their monthly allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.

According to them, “the implementation in January, when we least expected it brought tears of joy to us as we had doubts of the promises earlier made.”

“You have demonstrated that you are a loving and caring father committed to the welfare of his children,” they added.

They also reiterated their commitment to do their best during their period in the scheme.

“The increase is a wake-up call to us to show more commitment to the affairs of our fatherland. We are great stakeholders in our collective determination of building a prosperous and united Nigeria, the future belongs to us.”

FG Approves N33,000 Monthly Allowance For Corps Members

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Federal Government has approved the payment of N33,000 as monthly allowance for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, disclosed this during a session with some corps members at the service’s Bauchi State Secretariat.

Brigadier General Ibrahim, who was on a working visit to the state, cleared the air on the amount approved as monthly allowance for corps members.

He explained that the approval was made in line with the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage by the Federal Government.

Ibrahim noted that contrary to the various amounts being circulated on social media, the sum of N33,000 had been approved as the new rate.

He stressed that provision had been made for the new allowance in the year 2020 Budget, adding that payment would commence as soon as funds were released by the appropriate authorities.

The NYSC boss advised the corps members to be security conscious at all times, as well as warned against rumor-mongering and negative usage of the social media.

He also urged them to avoid unauthorised journeys and when authorised to travel, not to do so at night because of the inherent danger.

50 Years After Civil War: Reconciliation Efforts Were Not Pushed Hard, Says Babangida

Former Military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Babangida (retired) says all the efforts made to reconcile Nigerians in the aftermath of the civil war, which ended 50 years ago, have had limited impact because they were not consistently pushed by the authorities.

Babangida stated this during an interview with Channels Television’s Ladi Akeredolu.

The ex-military ruler who fought in the Nigerian army during the 30-month battle lauded initiatives such as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the unity schools set up across the country.

READ ALSO: ‘It Is Unlawful For Buhari’s Daughter To Use Presidential Jet For Private Affairs’ – Falana

He, however, wants the Federal Government to do more by consistently pushing hard to achieve their objectives.

“For example, the NYSC, unity schools.. I think we didn’t push it hard,” he said.

“We should have pushed all those hard so that people from different parts of the country can say that we met at unity schools together”.

THE FULL INTERVIEW WILL AIR ON CHANNELS TV’S Newsnight Monday AT 9:00 pm.

‘I Just Wanted To Be Different’, Sculptor Who Moulded Corps Member Explains

 

The compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), is a dreaded time for some but a few others, make a conscious effort to impact their immediate communities.

Arigbede Ojo is one of those. Posted to Edo State, he spent a good portion of his time, producing a masterpiece which is sure to keep him in the memories of his peers as well as superiors.

Resplendent in her NYSC kit, the masterpiece – a statue, stands at the corps’ zonal office on Ikpopkan road, in the state capital, Benin City, to the admiration of many.

“I promised myself that before I leave this one year of service, I will make sure I do something,” Ojo told Channels Television while explaining the reason behind his creation.

“I just wanted to be different from the others,” he added.

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While many continue to appreciate his works, Ojo explained that the road has not been easy, despite his evident passion for the arts.

Funding and all the necessary support according to him, have been a challenge not just for him, but for other upcoming artists.

He says, however, that he has always managed through and one day he hopes to own one of the best sculpting academies in the world.

Ojo went on to thrill Channels Television’s correspondent with a live sculpting of popular businessman and billionaire, Femi Otedola.

Watch full video above.