2015: NYSC DG Warns Corps Members Against Compromise

NYSCThe Director General (DG) of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, has warned corps members against being used by politicians during the election.

Brigadier General Olawumi gave the warning at the opening ceremony of the Annual Management Conference of NYSC in Benin City, the Edo State capital, where the participation of corps members in the general election dominated discussions.

He assured that modalities had been put in place to ensure the safety of corps members during the election.

The DG of NYSC who acknowledged that corps members would be deployed for the election warned them against being used by politicians for selfish purposes.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who joined the conference, condemned the level of desperation being exhibited by some politicians ahead of the election.

 

Number Of Displaced Persons In Mubi Increase Following Attacks

mubi attackThe number of Internally Displaced Persons in the northern part of the country have increased rapidly, as residents of  Mubi town flee their homes over consistent attacks by militants.

Many families and residents of Mubi town in Adamawa state have over the past three days, fled their homes to the state capital, Yola where the existing camps are over populated as more displaced persons pour in.

Heavy traffic build up major roads into Yola as fleeing residents trooped in, with reports of a raging battle between  members of the sect, Boko Haram, and the Nigerian military.

Many of them, who fled with little or nothing in their possession, say they hid in bushes for three days to avoid being killed by the militants who also attacked the Polytechnic in Mubi town.

Meanwhile many of these displaced persons who have no where to go, end up at the NYSC orientation camp in the city, which is one of the very few camps for Internally Displaced Persons arising from the continued insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.

Feeding, bedding, sanitation and security are grossly inadequate,  as the displaced persons grow in number, the availability of these basic needs become more daunting.

NYSC Says Online Registration Is To Reduce Cost, Risk For Corp Members

NYSCThe Director of Mobilization, for the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, Mr Anthony Ani, believes that the decision of the NYSC to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members had been misinterpreted.

Mr Ani was a guest on Channels Television’s youth conversation programme, Rubbin Minds on Sunday.

He explained that the need to reduce the stress and risk of making prospective corp members travel to their schools to collect their call-up letters informed the introduction of the digital process of registration.

Taking show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, through the old process of mobilization, Mr Ani explained that the new online system would totally eradicate the process whereby graduates have had to go back to their schools to collect call-up letters and also get to the orientation camp to continue another process of registration.

He debunked the view that the 4,000 Naira fee being charged the corpers is for the call-up letters or that they were being charged to serve their country.

The online mobilization fee of 4,000 naira, according to him “is for the entire hardware and software that has been provided” explaining that the NYSC had gone into a public-private partnership agreement to achieve the new system and the entire project went through due process.

He, however, explained that for those who still consider the N4,000 to be a rip-off, they would still have the old system in place, whereby they can choose to travel back to their schools to pick up call-up letters and also get to the orientation camps to continue the usually long process of signing different documents.

He added that those who find the new online system that enables them register and fill all the forms via the web and have their call-up letters downloaded in the comfort of their homes before travel directly to their camps without hassles can embrace the new system.

Reminding the prospective corp members that Government has never been responsible for their transport fare back to school and the cost of other activities involved in their old mobilisation processes, he stated that the fee of 4,000 for the service provided in the online platform should be seen as a dynamic innovation by the “proactive” NYSC management.

He revealed that while some have been of the view that they were being ripped off, more than 8,000 incoming corpers for the 2014 Batch C have already gone on the online platform with a little over 4,000 of them having already paid the fee of 4,000 Naira.

On the core values of the National Youth Service Corp, he said that it would remain social service rather the clamour for a militarised Youth Service, as he believes that the level of insecurity and the proliferation of small arms in the country makes exposing young people to military activities a risky venture.

He also decried the kinds of jobs given to corp members when posted to different organisations. He urged corporate organisations and public institutions to realise that the corpers are graduates who should be given challenging jobs and not “turned into tea boys”.

NYSC Collaborates With Government On Sanitation Exercise

NYSCThe National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has flagged off a collaborative effort with State Governments across the country on the monthly sanitation exercise.

This is to increase the impact of the scheme and expand its value to critical stakeholders.

Addressing the gathering at the occasion in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Director-General of the scheme, Mr Johnson Olawumi, on Saturday, stressed the need for the scheme to effectively contribute meaningfully to national development.

Olawumi noted that through the initiative, Corps members would be able to render selfless service by helping to maintain a safe and sustainable environment in the country.

He stated that Corps members would be at the vanguard of massive enlightenment and education of the entire populace on the dangers inherent in improper waste disposal and dirty environment.

Speaking on the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Olawunmi also gave assurance that measures would be put in place to ensure that all the camps for corps members are kept safe from the contagious disease.

The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, expressed delight that the programme was being flagged off in his state.

He commended the NYSC for the initiative and also the stakeholders who were working tirelessly to keep the state clean.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Sola Ebiseeni, was also present, and he spoke on the need for the corps members to participate in the beautification of the environment.

In demonstration of their collaborative effort, the representative of the Governor, joined by the NYSC DG and some other top government officials thereafter packed some wastes to flag off the programme.

Female Suicide Bomber Hits Kano Polytechnic, Kills Six

bomb-explosion1A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a college in Kano on Wednesday, killing six people and critically wounding another six in the fourth such attack by a woman in Kano in less than a week, a security source said.

The bomber targeted youths who were looking at a notice board for National Youth Service in Kano Polytechnic, the source said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although militant group Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state in Nigeria, has repeatedly bombed Kano as it radiates attacks outwards from its northeast heartlands.

Using female suicide bombers in the city appears to be a new tactic of Boko Haram, although they have used them on occasion for years in the northeast.

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria’s biggest city on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others.

On Sunday, a female suicide bomber killed herself but no one else while trying to target Police officers.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, two suicide bombers killed 13 people in attacks on two mosques in the town of Potiskum, in Yobe State in the northeast, a medical official there told Reuters on Wednesday.

Though much of the violence is concentrated in the remote northeast, they have struck across Nigeria in several bomb attacks since April.

On Sunday, they mounted a cross-border attack into Cameroon, killing at least three people there and kidnapping the wife of the Vice Prime Minister.

NYSC DG Warns Corps Members Against Use Of Fake Posting Documents

NYSCThe Director-General of the National Youth Service Corp, Brigadier-General Johnson Olawumi, has warned potential corp members to be upright, saying the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on anyone who procures fake medical papers for the purpose of effecting redeployment.

Speaking at a media parley in Abuja, Brigadier-General Olawumi, while acknowledging the security challenges in some parts of the country, said cases of relocation will be treated strictly on merit based on marital, health and security grounds.

The NYSC DG, who announced that Batch B orientation of corp members, will commence in the first week of August with 96,000 graduates participating, also noted that the Youth Service Corp remains committed to ensuring the development of rural areas in all ramifications.

Software Institute Of Nigeria Calls For Growth In Industry

softwareNigeria needs to establish a one stop shop of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) retooling center if the Software Industry in Nigeria must be developed.

The former President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr. Chris Uwaje, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Business Morning, said that the educational system has a lot of role to play if the industry would grow to the desired level.

He maintains that there is need to build the local content in the industry and that the youths should be encouraged to be innovative.

Local software industry is said not to be growing at the pace it ought to, at least when compared to that of other developing nations.

Nigeria’s Software Industry is said to be potentially a 6 billion dollar industry and can surpass the contributions from the oil industry, especially as the software industry is not a capital intensive sector.

However, the potentials that abound in the industry are yet to be tapped.

Youth Corps Members Will Not Be Forced To Emergency States

NYscThe National Youths Service Corps says corps members will not be forced to serve in the three north eastern states currently under emergency rule.

The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General, Johnson Olawumi made the clarification when he appeared before the National Conference Committee of Civil Society, Labour and Youth.

He said the agency had taken a decision not to send any corps member to the three affected states unless the request to be posted to any of the states comes from the corps member.

The DG said, “We have stopped sending corps members to the three troubled states in North-East under emergency rule. Surprisingly, some still demand to be posted there . But nobody is forced to go there.”

He said there was no way the agency would stop those demanding to be posted there, adding that the embargo on the three states would continue until security improves there.

Olawumi also spoke on areas the agency is making use in order to make the corps members self reliant after their one year service.

This, he said, included skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme which he said had been established in all states and Abuja to train corps members.

Some other committees also took presentations from government officials while some say they have completed their work.

The chairman of the National Wages and Salaries Commission also appeared before the committee on public finance. He touched on the issues of salaries, especially that of lawmakers in the national assembly.

Most of the committees say they have completed their work while some are optimistic they will finish on time.

Job Creation: Development Expert Backs Graduate Internship To Replace NYSC

mike adeleyeSkilled and developed human capital are the only ways to create jobs and forge inclusive growth in Nigeria.

This is according to a Human Capital Development Expert, Mike Adeleye, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Business Morning.

According to him, considering the environmental hygiene situation in Nigeria, there are over 500,000 Bio-Chemistry; Biology etc. combined graduates unemployed, who can be trained on basic health, safety and food hygiene as public health workers leading to job creation.

He also suggested the need for Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) Sure-P programme to replace the NYSC to create employment and save costs and tax payers’ money.

He believes funding from the GIS Sure-P would create between 500,000 to over 1 million jobs.

This comes as Nigeria prepares to host the 24th edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa, with the theme; Forging Inclusive Growth and Job Creation .

Traditional Ruler Decries Dearth Of Doctors In Primary Health Centres

The Gbegande of Ososa, in Ogun State, Dr. Adetoye Alatishe, on Friday called on the government to pay close attention to the primary health centres in rural communities as citizens in those regions do not have access to the best services, owing to the dearth of medical professionals.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Alatishe, who is a medical doctor by profession, said that “in the rural area, you find that there’s a dirge of professionals.”

According to him, indigenes of the rural communities who are medical doctors do not want to return to their roots for the purpose of practicing their profession but would rather seek more attractive offers in urban cities.

As a result of this, “I found myself helping out particularly when we have serious emergencies in the maternity ward.”

He recounted tales of occasions when he had to set aside his royal duties to attend to citizens as a doctor.

“There have been events where they had cases like retained second twin… a woman delivers in the traditional home and the second twin will not come out.

“You know this thing is not just by calling the baby to come out, you have to do some maneuvers and then they take them to the maternity centre in the town. I’ve had cause to go and help them get the second baby out.

Sometimes we have to do surgical procedures. I’ve had cases too when I had to get retained placenta as well out and so many other serious cases that nurses cannot handle.”

The traditional head who started his private practice in Ijebu Ode but had to relocate to Ososa on a smaller scale, said that his subjects were pleased with his actions.

“I believe it has tremendously assisted the people a lot.”

Speaking on the roles of traditional heads in ensuring the success of primary health care in their locality, he advised traditional heads to be more interested in the health system. “You have the right to ask professional practicing in your villages, various towns: show me your certificate. Where did you graduate?”

Before being crowned ‘Oba,’ Alatishe was the pioneer executive secretary of Primary Health in Ogun state. Invariably, I’ve had cause to give lectures to the Obas at the Oba Council in Ogun state and I know that this is one of the things I actually told the Obas.

He stated that there are about 400 primary health centres but that majority of the doctors in local government are engaged in administrative duties and so “they don’t have time to attend to patients.”

He called on the government to look into the issue of medical personnel at the rural health centres.

“It’s always a good thing to establish health centres, but what do you do with it thereafter, apart from putting equipment what about personnel? You can’t get doctors to work in rural areas and this is something that the government really has to do something about.”

The Oba had taken the initiative to build a doctors’ quarters as a way of attracting hired doctors to stay but stopped the plan to make the government appreciate the efforts being made.

Asked about the relationship between traditional rulers and the local government, Mr Alatishe said “an average council chairman will tell you there’s scarcity of funds.  I don’t think Ogun state is an exception.”

He further commended the Rivers State and Lagos State governments for their efforts in supporting grassroots projects.

He stressed on the need for both modern and traditional medical practitioners to collaborate in order to ensure that citizens at the grassroots are catered for.

He suggested that medical doctors in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) must be enticed with “serious incentives” to draw them to serve in the rural areas.

 

Anambra: Electoral Officers Were Of High Integrity – INEC

Despite the several allegations that many electoral officers who officiated during the Anambra State governorship election were corrupt, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has insisted that they were of ‘high integrity.’

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, Kayode Idowu warned that “people should be careful about making sweeping generalisations.”

He also said that it is expected that other electoral officers are suspected once someone is caught but “there are people of integrity in the institution.”

“I do know that the people that handled the election in Anambra State are people of high integrity but one bad apple spoils the basket.”

He added that more than 60 per cent of the electoral officers were not permanent staff of INEC as the POs (Poll officers) were corp members of the National Youth Service Corps.

He denied allegations made by APGA that the electoral officers posted to Idemili North were sent there to foil the whole process.

 

Open University VC Decries Poor Enrolment Of Northern Students

Vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has decried the low enrolment of students from the northern part of the country into the institution compared to their southern counterparts.

At a news conference in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe lamented that despite the flexibility in the admission process of the university, the northern region is yet to make use of the opportunity, adding that only a few number of students from states in the north are studying in the institution.

NYSC for NOUN Graduates

The Vice Chancellor also called for review of the law establishing the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) to enable graduates from NOUN participate in the mandatory national youth service scheme since all its programmes are full time and accredited by the National Universities Commission(NUC).

He used the opportunity to authenticate the certificate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who graduated as a theological student from the university.

Professor Tenebe described the former president as a “very troublesome but brilliant student.”