FG Announces Reopening Of NYSC Camp

 

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 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.

Aisha Buhari Asks Nigerian Youths To Explore Creative Industry

Mrs Aisha Buhari in a group photograph with some Corp Members and DG of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

 

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has charged Nigerian youths to explore the creative industry which she described as lucrative and youth-driven.

She explained that Nigeria’s “music, movies, arts, ICT and other creative endeavors offer great and lucrative opportunities,” for every Nigerian to explore.

According to her, these sectors are youth-driven and corp members should “please take full advantage of these opportunities.”

Mrs Buhari said this on Sunday during a dinner organised for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Contingent on the recent National Day parade.

She commended the NYSC members for giving Nigerians a memorable 60th independence anniversary during the National Day parade, noting that such stellar performance leads to great success in the future.

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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.

Ondo Election: NYSC DG Urges Corps Members To Be Of Good Conduct

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

 

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.

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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.

Two Pastors Arrested Over Rape Of Corps Member In Rivers

Police patrol

 

Two pastors have been arrested in Rivers State for allegedly raping a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Channels Television learned the 27-year-old corps member is having her primary assignment at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects – Austin Emmanuel and Peter Davies – are currently being detained at the State Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Before the duo committed the act, the Plateau State-victim was said to be a virgin.

Narrating her ordeal, the corps member disclosed that Austin had invited her to come to his house on August 29 which coincided with his birthday, adding that the pastor was later joined by Davies.

According to the victim, there was no reason to be suspicious since she has been worshipping in his church for over five months.

Speaking further, the NYSC member said the last thing she could remember on that fateful day was that the suspects robbed her a certain oil while praying for her and she slept off.

The victim said as soon as she woke up the next day, she noticed bruises on the surface and inside her private part, adding that she felt serious pains within the region.

She further revealed the duo asked her to sow her mobile phone as a seed before they started conducting deliverance on her.

Also, the medical report sighted by Channels Television indicated that the hymen had been torn, with bruises in the labia minora of the pubic region.

Meanwhile, the father of the victim who is a Police officer and her mother is insisting that justice must be served to prevent the further assault of female corps members.

Similarly, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State branch has waded into the matter and has insisted that justice should prevail.

FG To Engage Corps Members In Implementation of SDGs 2030

Corps Members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun (A File Photo)

 

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.

NYSC Vows To Prosecute Fraudulent Ex-Corp 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

 

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.

COVID-19: NYSC Contemplates Reopening Orientation Camps

 

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.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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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