NYSC Nabs Two ‘Fake’ Corps Members In Katsina

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it has caught two additional fake corps members at the orientation camp in Katsina State.

NYSC State Coordinator, Ahidjo Yahaya, confirmed this in a statement by their Public Relations Officer, Mr Alex Obemeata.

He explained that the two corps members were apprehended following a report from the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shu’aibu Ibrahim, that the two ladies were carrying fake certificates.

“I got a security report from the DG that the two of them were carrying fake certificates. Base on that, he set out the security network to trap them and they were trapped.

“He said the two corps members had confessed to the offence. We will like to follow due process in handling the case by arraigning them before the camp’s court today (Saturday) before they would be demitted and decamped,” said Yahaha.

READ ALSO: Three Corps Members With Fake Certificates Arrested In Taraba

One of the two corps members was identified as Offor Chinelo Blessing with registration No. KT/19B/3696 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/260/22 from Imo State University said to be carrying fake result in B.Sc. Insurance and Actuarial Science.

The other suspect is Meaienwa Chimdinma Ngozi with registration number KT/19B/3836 and call-up No. NYSC /ISU/2019/259331from the same university, also caught with a fake certificate in B.A Ed Education/Eng.

This brings to at least six unqualified people caught parading themselves as corps members at the Katsina Orientation Camp since the commencement of registration of the 2019 Batch B stream II corps members deployed to the state.

The NYSC DG had shortly before the orientation camp cautioned members of the public not to go to camps with fake results, saying anyone caught would be handed over to the police for prosecution.

Three Corps Members With Fake Certificates Arrested In Taraba

 

Three prospective corps members found with fake certificates have been arrested in Taraba State.

The Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Taraba, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

She explained that the suspects were handed over to the police and other security operatives for further investigation after they were discovered at the camp in Jalingo, the state capital.

Mrs Yaakugh noted that the three persons were prospective batch B corps members who were caught with fake documents by the verification officer.

She identified the suspects as Nasiru Yau, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication, Shehu Murktar – Computer Science and Illiyasu Usman – sociology, all from the Isfop University of Kotonu in the Republic of Benin.

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“They came for registration and the verification officer discovered them with fake certificates and verification papers,” said the NYSC coordinator.

She added, “If you will recall, the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shauibu Ibrahim had recently expressed deep concern over the activities of fake corps members who cannot make a correct sentence in the English Language.

“He (Ibrahim) directed us to check and fish out such persons and hand them over to the security operatives for further investigation and this is what we are just doing.”

According to Yaakugh, preliminary investigation revealed that the persons involved cannot write or say anything logical about their courses of study.

She urged the security operatives to do a thorough job to ensure facts were uncovered and justice was done to the affected persons.

The NYSC coordinator said there was a similar case involving a female corps member, also a foreign student but the verification officer has yet to conclude internal investigation into her case.

In their reactions, the suspects claimed to have graduated from the institution but admitted to forging their verification papers.

Yau said, “I gained admission through an agent and graduated but when he came to Nigeria for computer verification, they disqualified him on the grounds that he forged the verification paper to enable him go to the camp.

On his part, Murktar explained that he collected the verification paper from his friends and photocopied, then filled in his information.

The third suspect, Usman said he sent some people working at the computer centre to get his verification paper for him, adding that he thought it was real.

Anyone Caught With Fake Certificate Will Be Prosecuted – NYSC DG

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has vowed to prosecute any corp member that presents fake results or certificate for enrolment into the scheme.

Director-General of the scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this on Thursday during a media briefing in Abuja.

The DG lamented over the rising spate of fake corps members and threatened to blacklist any institution that engages in the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation into the scheme.

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He also lauded the use of innovation in fishing out those with fake results and certificates.

“The deployment of ICT solutions in the NYSC formulation process and existing collaboration with WAEC and JAMB have enhanced the integrity of the process and reduced the incidents of fake corps members.

“However, this is threatened by the presentation of unqualified persons for mobilisation by some corrupt institutions for mobilisation into the scheme.

“We have discovered in recent times that unscrupulous individuals now present fake results sourced mostly from foreign institutions, particularly in West Africa for mobilisation into the scheme.

“Let me repeat our warning that anybody who presents fake certificate in any attempt to get mobilised for service will be handed over to security agencies for prosecution,” he said.

Ibrahim added that anybody involved in the presentation of fake results and certificates for enrolment into the scheme will face a minimum of two years jail term.

According to him, one of the major objectives of the scheme is to instil discipline in Nigerian youths.

He also disclosed that since 1973, inception of NYSC, 4,644,804 Nigerians have participated in the scheme.

PHOTOS: Body Of Precious Owolabi Being Moved Home For Burial

 

The body of Precious Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels Television, has been released from the morgue at the National Hospital Abuja.

Among those present to pay their last respect to the late Owolabi, was the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), some corps members and his colleagues and friends.

His body is being transported to his hometown in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Owolabi died after he was hit by a stray bullet while covering a protest involving members of the Shiite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.

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NYSC Mobilisation: ICPC To Prosecute Any University VC Over Unqualified Candidates

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The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has revealed plans by the Commission to prosecute any Vice-Chancellor involved in forwarding unqualified candidates for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

The ICPC boss made this known during a courtesy visit by the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

He stated that the ICPC will act promptly, once a report of illegal mobilization of unqualified candidates for the programme by a Vice-Chancellor was received.

“We are ready to prosecute any university Vice-Chancellor who mobilizes those that should not go for the scheme if you send them to us.”

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The Chairman while lamenting the menace of corruption, urged NYSC to enhance the skill acquisition training being offered to corps members by advocating a skills-based tertiary education curriculum that would prepare youths to become employers of labour instead of depending on the government to create jobs.

“We can kill patterns that lead to corruption where necessary. Many young people think there is a short cut to success, that once you are out there, you just hit millions. That is not the case, there should be a gestation period. NYSC should create a platform to provoke positive consciousness, the activism to challenge things when they go wrong.”

The NYSC DG requested for the re-inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in NYSC, saying that old members had either retired or been promoted above the schedule.

ICPC Chairman welcomed his request saying that ACTU would be inaugurated as soon as all the formalities were done with.

One Corps Member Dead, 19 Others Injured In Taraba Accident

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A corps member serving in Taraba State has died following a road accident involving some vehicles.

Nineteen others including a local government inspector also sustained various degrees of wounds as a result of the incident which occurred on Monday.

Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state, Florence Yaakugh, confirmed the crash and figures to Channels Television on Tuesday.

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She said, “It was a minibus that had a head-on collision with a Toyota Hiace bus conveying the corps members to Sarduna Local Government Area of the state for their primary assignments.”

“The accident, according to some eyewitnesses, occurred when the minibus was attempting to overtake two trailers at a time, but could not make it leading to the accident.”

Yaakugh explained that the incident occurred after the mandatory three weeks orientation course, at a location just less than a kilometre away from the orientation camp.

According to her, the injured victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo, the state capital.

“Right now, am preparing for the burial of one of the corps members who passed on yesterday (Monday); all others have been discharged from the hospital except five who are still receiving treatment at the FMC Jalingo,” the NYSC coordinator disclosed.

She added, “It is not an easy moment for me and the entire NYSC in Taraba State.”

Borno Corps Members Demand Payment Of Five Months Arrears

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Ahead of their Passing Out Parade, a group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members (medical doctors) serving in Borno State are demanding the immediate payment of allowances which they say they’ve been owed for the past five months.

The Corps Members numbering up to 190, comprise of 2018/2019 Batch B, 2018/ 2019 Batch C and 2019/ 2020 Batch A.

They marched to the Borno State Government House on Monday to present their case to the Governor, Professor Babagana Umara.

They were, however, denied entrance and the spokesperson of the group, Dr. Azi Cornelius explained that his members had made previous efforts by writing correspondences to ask the authority to pay their monthly allowance but that never happened.

According to them, former governor Kashim Shettima had approved the payment of N100,000 to each of the medical NYSC doctors and N50,000 to other corps members in the health sector.

They also claimed that they constitute over 50% of the medical work force in the state and have been discharging their duties effectively and efficiently.

However, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mustapha Alau, who declined to speak on camera said the governor has already directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the corps members.

Senate Probes Alleged Infraction In Appointment Of New NYSC DG

Senate Probes Alleged Infraction In Appointment Of New NYSC DG
A file photo of corps members.

 

The Senate has resolved to investigate the allegation of infraction in the appointment of a new Director-General for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The lawmakers made the resolution after deliberating on the matter on Tuesday during plenary at the upper house of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Senator Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West district, had raised a point of order on the appointment of a new NYSC DG by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

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According to him, the army chief committed an infraction on the Constitution by removing the former Director-General of the corps and replacing him with someone else.

“We should not allow a constitutional country governed by laws be taken for granted,” the lawmaker said.

In his contribution, Senator Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom North-East seconded the order by Senator Melaye and requested that the matter should be investigated.

Thereafter, the Senate referred the matter to its Committee on Youths and Sports for investigation.

The committee was asked to report within one week.

“Chairman, Senate Committee on Youths and Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, the report should be back, laid and considered as it is straight forward,” the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said.

The Nigerian Army had directed Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim to take over from Major General Sule Kazaure as the new NYSC DG.

A statement from the army on Friday last week explained that the development was part of postings and appointments of some senior officers in the force.

Brigadier General Ibrahim was redeployed from the Nigerian Army University, Biu, while Major General Kazaure was posted to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as a senior resource person.

FG Announces ‘Immediate Employment’ Of 168 Recipients Of The President’s NYSC Honours Award

FG To Employ 168 Recipients Of The President’s NYSC Honours Award

 

The Federal Government has offered employment to 168 people who won the President’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Honours Awards.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, announced this at the award ceremony which held on Friday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Osinbajo directed that the recipients of the awards be employed immediately into the Federal Civil Service.

He also announced automatic scholarships for the awardees to undertake postgraduate studies of their choice.

The event was attended by the former Head of State and founder of the NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd).

 

Also in attendance were the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, and the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, among other dignitaries.

The event was organised for corps members who served in the sets of 2015, 2016, and 2017.

 

The award ceremony took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

The President’s NYSC Honours Award, which was introduced in 1974, is aimed at encouraging corps members to contribute to national development by embarking on community development projects among others.

It was also instituted to reward excellence in service and to encourage coming corps members to imbibe the spirit of dignity in labour and national integration.

One of the criteria used for the selection of winners was corps members who carried out community development services diligently and completed them.

Another measure was those whose community development projects had direct and positive impacts on the communities where they served and those who were committed during the orientation course.

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Army Appoints New NYSC Director General

Army Appoints New NYSC Director General
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The Nigerian Army has appointed Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim as the new Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, announced this in a statement.

Brigadier General Ibrahim, who was redeployed from the Nigerian Army University, Biu, was directed to take over from Major General Sule Kazaure.

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On his part, Major General Kazaure was posted from the NYSC to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as a senior resource person.

Colonel Musa explained that the redeployment followed the approval of the postings and appointments of some senior officers by the army authorities.

Also affected by the development is Brigadier General CA Bossman posted from the Nigerian Army Archives to Command Schools Services and appointed as Director Command Schools Services.

Brigadier General E Angaye was appointed acting Director Veterans Affairs Department (Army), while Brigadier General BA Tsoho was posted from Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs to Nigerian Army Language Institute as the Commandant.

Others affected in the postings are Brigadier General AA Goni from 82 Division Education to Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs as Director Information, and Brigadier General FC Onyeari from Headquarters Nigerian Army Supply and Transport to Defence Headquarters as acting Director Catering.

Brigadier General SS Ibrahim was also appointed as the Registrar of the Nigerian Army University, Biu, in Borno State.

According to the army spokesman, the postings and appointments are with immediate effect.

Windstorm Hits Taraba NYSC Camp, Leaves 33 Members Hospitalised

Windstorm Hits Taraba NYSC Camp, Leaves 33 Members Hospitalised

 

A heavy windstorm has wreaked havoc at the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Taraba State.

A total of 33 Batch A 2019 corps members were hospitalised following the incident which destroyed buildings and other valuables on Saturday at the camp in Sibre, on the outskirt of Jalingo, the state capital.

The heavy windstorm which started in the evening caught up with the corps members who were out celebrating a cultural festival in preparation for their passing out parade billed for Tuesday, having completed their three weeks orientation course.

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A visit to the orientation camp by Channels Television revealed that the powerhouse of the camp was not spared, with the situation there begging for urgent attention.

The disaster also left the screen of the corps ambulance shattered, blew off several roofing sheets of both male and female dormitory, and left them at the mercy of rain.

The Taraba State NYSC Coordinator, Florence Yaakugh, confirmed the incident to Channels Television but said no life was lost.

She said, “We were all here as camp officials and corps members having the cultural festival on Saturday when the windstorm all of a sudden started.

“The storm was so strong that visibility was so poor for both the corps members who were on parade and the camp officials.”

“While scampering for safety because of the fierceness of the storm, some corps members who had some health challenges like asthma, chest congestion, and the likes were choked and hospitalised,” she added.

“About 33 of them were moved to the clinic of the camp, of which nine were referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo because of their condition.”

Florence, however, disclosed that the 24 corps members admitted in the camp’s clinic had been discharged and five of those taken to FMC Jalingo had been discharged.

He lamented that the level of destruction of valuables at the camp was much and raised a concern about the devastating effect of erosion caused and the looming danger, noting that the raining season was fast approaching.

The coordinator said the state government had sent some officials to take inventory of the damages caused and promised to commence repair works soon.

‘We Don’t Take Ad-Hoc Staff For Granted’, INEC Reacts To Criticism Over Corps Members

Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it doesn’t take ad-hoc staff deployed for the elections for granted.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, said this during a forum with stakeholders on Saturday, while responding to criticisms over the treatment of corps members.

According to him, elections would not be conducted successfully without the help of the ad-hoc staff.

The Commission had come under major criticism on Saturday when images showing the corps members in distressing conditions – cramped together, sleeping out in the open and more, along with harrowing posts of negligence, surfaced online.

The criticism grew, spurning thousands of tweets and a global trend on microblogging platform, Twitter.

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The INEC boss, however, explained that the centres do not belong to the Commission and are only utilised once every four years.

According to him, a lot has been done to improve the conditions of the centres and much more would be done to keep make the staff comfortable.

He said, “We have done a lot to improve the super racks. Remember these are not facilities owned by INEC, they are public facilities used by INEC once every four years for a general election or as the need arises.

“But we have taken steps. We have procured generators for each of the super racks because that is the place where the youth corpers revise the training manuals before they are deployed to the polling units. They also see the opportunity to recharge the smart card readers before deployment.

“In some places, we have an understanding with the NYSC to ensure that mattresses are made available. We have also gone out of our way to provide mats, rubber buckets, water tanks, toiletries, to make the condition comfortable for the ad-hoc staff that we engage.

“Without these ad-hoc staff, INEC cannot successfully conduct elections anywhere in Nigeria and we don’t take that for granted. We will continue to do what we can to provide for their comfort”.