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.

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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.

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Lagos CP Leads Operation To Rescue Kidnapped Corps Member In Epe

The victim, Onyiwara Faith, at a hospital shortly after she was rescued by the police. Inset: Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu.

 

 

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has coordinated a rescue operation of one Onyiwara Faith, a corps member serving at ABC Farm, Ilamija Nla Village in the Epe axis of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that Faith was abducted on Friday last week while on her way to attend the Community Development Service (CDS) meeting at Ilamija.

The abductors were said to have demanded a ransom of N50 million but later reduced it to N400,000 from the farm manager to be dropped at Ijebu Ososa area.

But Elkana stated that no ransom was paid while the police swung into action.

An operation led by Odumosu led to Faith’s rescue at about 2.20 am on Tuesday in a swamp forest around Ilamija Nla in Epe after a gun battle.

“The kidnappers’ ring leader – Moses Ofeye, 31 years old from Ondo State of Ijaw origin – was arrested with gun wounds.

“The victim was taken to hospital for medical attention due to the shock and trauma she experienced and long-distance trek,” the command’s spokesman said.

He noted that the victim is in stable condition and has been handed over to the Lagos State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and her family.

NYSC Members To Enjoy New Minimum Wage, Says Minister Of Youth And Sports

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, says members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) would enjoy the new minimum wage of N30,000 like other workers across the federation. 

Mr Dare disclosed this via a series of tweets on Wednesday.

He said the Director General of NYSC, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim would provide details of the new allowance for the Youth Corp members after full briefing from the Ministries of Finance And MYSD.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has ordered that payments of the new minimum wage and the consequential adjustments must be completed by the 31st of December, 2019.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said that a document to this effect is also to be set to the states to guide possible negotiation and implementation.

NYSC Arrests 95 Corps Members With Fake Certificates

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says it has arrested over 95 corps members for presenting fake certificates during mobilization exercise.

The Director-General of the Corps, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this during the 2019 Batch “C” pre-mobilization workshop held in Minna, the Niger state capital.

He says sixty-five of the culprits are from Nigerian universities while thirty were from universities abroad.

The DG says the increasing rate of certificate forgery from universities in the country necessitated the workshop, which among other things aims to discuss how to proffer a permanent solution to the challenge.

Also at the event, the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso assures the corps members of the state government’s commitment to providing adequate security for them.

He also says plans are on top gear to ensure speedy completion of the Permanent NYSC camp project started by the previous administration.

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.

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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.