The Federal Government has announced the re-opening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps across the country.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare.
The orientation camps are scheduled for reopening on November 10.
“The Resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th, 2020. Full COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced,” Dare posted on his official Twitter handle.
The Resumption of the NYSC Orientation Camp for prospective Youth Corpers has been approved and opens on November 10th 2020. Full COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced.
The Federal Government on March 18 ordered the closure of the NYSC orientation camps nationwide due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NSCDC) on Wednesday announced that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has increased to 60,834 with 52,143 patients discharged. Also, 1116 fatalities have so far been recorded.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, also at the occasion, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a lot through the Social Investment Programme; she highlighted the most recent, the N75b National Youth Investment Fund, designed to finance youth-led innovations.
Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim reaffirmed the commitment of the scheme to justifying the government’s huge investment and spoke glowingly of the role of the scheme in important sectors like education, health, and agriculture as well as strategic national programmes like election, immunization, and SDG Advocacy.
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has warned corps members who will be participating in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State not to post results of the election on social media.
Brigadier Ibrahim gave this admonition to the corps members in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday, during his official visit to the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship poll.
The NYSC DG also advised them not to compromise the integrity of the organization in all their activities.
Ibrahim was also at the palace of the paramount ruler of Akure kingdom, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, where he appealed to the monarch to speak to their subjects to protect the corps members officiating in the election.
According to him, traditional institutions are major stakeholders in the electoral process and are in the best position to speak to their subjects on peaceful conduct during elections.
On his part, the monarch thanked the DG for the visit. He said the peaceful, free and fair election in Edo could be replicated in Ondo State, adding that all stakeholders should work together to achieve this.
Nigeria will engage the services of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across the country and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassadors to champion the implementation of SDGs 2030 at the grassroots.
President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Friday at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment, convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president in his video message to the meeting, provided an update on the progress of the SDGs in the country, setting out Nigeria’s vision for the next decade in fighting poverty, combating illicit financial flows and ensuring economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our National Assembly has established Committees on Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
“The National Youth Service Corps Scheme is also ensuring that Nigerian graduates actively participate in SDG implementation processes by serving as SDG champions at the grassroots.
“Going forward, we will invigorate the goal achievement process at the grassroots by engaging the services of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Ambassadors we appointed to support our efforts at the national level.
“We will also encourage more sub-national authorities to appoint and train SDGs Champions,” he said.
Re-affirming Nigeria’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals, President Buhari told the meeting that anti-corruption institutions have been strengthened to enable the administration effectively combat illicit financial flows and recover proceeds.
Acknowledging that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic had threatened to derail the progress in achieving SDGs, the President said Nigeria is addressing the threat by re-dedicating efforts towards economic diversification, focusing on agriculture and the mining sectors.
According to him: “Nigeria has made good strides in SDGs domestication processes, as we have commenced the re-alignment of the National Statistical System with the requirements and indicators of the SDGs.
”We have developed a novel home-grown ‘Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model, as an analytical framework for assessing how policy-making can better address the indivisible nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.
”Nigeria has also set up a Model Private Sector Advisory Group and an SDGs Donors’ Forum with a view to engaging critical stakeholders towards the attainment of the SDGs”.
The President recalled that Nigeria presented its second Voluntary National Review on SDGs to the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2020.
According to the President, ”the second Voluntary National Review highlighted our efforts to meet SDGs targets on the critical issues of poverty and an inclusive economy; health and well-being; education and gender equality; enabling environment of peace and security; and partnerships.”
He noted that these targets were based on current development priorities, as captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017-2020), as well as the Medium Term National Development Plan (2020-2025).
President Buahri also used the occasion of his address to pledge Nigeria’s commitment to mainstreaming the SDGs into subsequent development plans.
Setting out Nigeria’s vision for the Decade of Action, the President pledged that the country will implement unique initiatives such as the re-aligned National Statistical System to effectively track and monitor the implementation of the SDGs on annual basis.
”The Nigeria Integrated SDG simulation Model to support the domestication of the Planning Model across the 36 states; the Integrated National Financing Frameworks for SDGs; the scaled-up National Social Investment Programme to reach more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in line with our commitment to lift 100 Million people out of Poverty within a 10-year period; and the engaging of all segments of the society for the achievement of the SDGs,” the Nigerian leader said.
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has announced plans by the Service to revisit cases of ex-corps members who served under the scheme fraudulently.
Speaking at a meeting with officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, Brigadier-General Ibrahim explained that those found culpable will face prosecution.
The move, according to the NYSC chief, will be carried out in partnership with the ICPC and help rid the nation of corrupt-minded persons.
“Those who attempt to illegally participate in the program of the scheme or have participated in the past through fraudulent means will be prosecuted when discovered,” Brigadier-General Ibrahim said.
“It must also be noted that the scheme will not entertain any request for respite or leniency by those who deliberately participate illegally in this program and are seeking restitution for their past fraudulent acts.
“We will always allow the law to take its course on such matters through the prosecution of such persons and organisations or institutions who aided and abetted them.”
Annually over 250,000 graduates engage in the NYSC scheme to gain work experience and meet youths from different backgrounds while serving the nations in unique locations.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said it is planning for the reopening of orientation camps in the country as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease off in Nigeria.
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made this known on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, in Abuja.
According to the NYSC DG, the body is conscious of the fact that the Federal Government may fully lift the COVID-19 lockdown in the country and has thus mapped out strategies to reopen the camps.
Brigadier General Shuaibu noted that the NYSC will present its strategies to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for guidance, stressing that the suspension of the 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course, just one week into the exercise, was a proactive step to avert the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
He added that the operations of the NYSC have been toned down in consonance with the government’s directives on COVID-19, noting that the Passing-out of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Corps members was low-keyed and in full compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines.
Also, he said the suspended 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course would be finished if the scheme gets a go-ahead from the PTF, revealing that the NYSC via corps members have contributed their quota towards the fight against the pandemic.
The NYSC boss listed the activities of the corps members to include “sensitization; production and distribution of face masks, liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, automated disinfection chambers; as well as automated and foot-operated liquid soap, hand sanitizer and water dispenser.”
While commending the NCDC for its role in the country’s fight against the pandemic, the NYSC DG called on the PTF to back mass production of the automated disinfection chambers for use in all NYSC Orientation Camps.
On his part, the NCDC DG lauded the NYSC for its contributions to the unity and development of Nigeria, adding that the scheme deserves support in every manner to succeed.
Dr Ihekweazu further said the agency will look into the proposals presented by the Director-General, noting that the right authorities will give recommendations.
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.
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.