NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum SecurityThe Director General (DG), of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has assured corps members serving in Yobe state of maximum security.

The DG stated this at the Potiskum, Orientation Camp in Yobe as part of his visit to the camp which is holding an orientation course for the first time in the state.

He visited the orientation camp to encourage the corps members to perform their one-year national service in the troubled state.

While addressing them, the DG however tasked them to be security conscious and to respect the customs and traditions of their host community.

He also encouraged them to contribute to the development of any society they find themselves.

“You should be careful with moving about and I caution you to always walk in twos or threes because of kidnappers and terrorists, among others with questionable characters.

“You should also be mindful of where you go and avoid unnecessary movement because after the capture of the camp zero, the Boko Haram militants are looking for targets, so, being careful is key as you serve your Fatherland in this area.

“I also want you to respect the customs and traditions of your host communities as that is the only way you can acclimatize” the DG said.

He further stated  that the scheme is working in collaboration with some financial institutions towards providing skills acquisition programmes to corps members to pave way for self-employment rather than waiting for white color jobs that are not easy to come by.

“Similarly, we are entering into partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Industries with a view to making our skill acquisition scheme functional across the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“I urge you to take this scheme very seriously as it will help you establish meaningful business instead of wasting time looking for white color jobs which are not easy to come by now”

However, the State Coordinator Mr Jauro Daniel Umaru, appreciated the visit of the DG saying: “It will boost the morale of the corps members.

He thanked security operatives in the fight against insurgency, saying Yobe state is generally safe.

Also according to him, corps members in the state are already into several community development programmes geared towards developing their host communities.

“We want to thank the DG for his efforts as his coming will go a long way in stimulating the morale of our corps members.

“Let me assure you that we will do well to ensure these corps members contribute immensely in the development of their host communities and Nigeria as a whole,” the coordinator assured.

On the other hand, some of the corps members who spoke to Channels Television expressed optimism about giving their all in the service to their Fatherland.

The corps members said, they were initially scared of being deployed to Yobe State but their eventual coming has attested to the fact that peace has actually returned to the northeast.

 

The commencement of the orientation camp at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) Potiskum, has opened up businesses prospects for the people of Potiskum who are already well known for commercial activities.

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp Clinic

How Corps Member Died After Visiting Kano Orientation Camp ClinicIt was a tale of tears, agony and regrets on Thursday in Osogbo the Osun state capital, as a National Youth Service Corps member, Ifedolapo Oladepo was buried.

Like many thousands of young graduates mobilised for the 2016 Batch ‘C’ service year, 26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo, a first class Transport Management graduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho had said her goodbye to her family members, set for Kano, hoping to see her dreams fulfilled.

However, exactly a week after, it was her corpse that was brought to her family after she was said to have died following complications arising from an ailment few days into the NYSC orientation programme in Kano.

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26-year-old Ifedolapo Oladepo was a first class graduate of Transport Management from LAUTECH

Unsurprisingly, her death has raised suspicion from her family members who now claim Ifedolapo could have been saved if she had been given the necessary attention by the NYSC authorities at the Orientation Camp in Kano.

Said to be in proper health before leaving for the Orientation Camp, the death of Ifedolapo has led to several questions regarding the state of health facilities at NYSC orientation camps across the country.

The family identified particularly lack of qualified medical personnel and wrong medications contributed to the death of the NYSC corps member.

Her elder sister, Oyeyode Abimbola, speaking with Channels Television, gave her account of what transpired between her and her sister before her death:

“She called me five hours to her death and told me to start coming as the NYSC doctors are not doing anything for her. They thought she was pretending in order not to go for parade, so they did not attend to her.

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She noticed a lot of rashes on her body after injection, family says

“When she started calling people from home, they eventually gave her an injection (and) immediately after the injection, she called me again that she noticed a lot of rashes on her body that I should speak with the doctor who refused to talk to me.

“She called five minutes later and told me her tongue was twisting, then they sent all her friends out after seeing all the reaction on her body after giving her the unknown injection,” she said amidst tears.

“She said we should get a flight and I called immediately but they told me Abuja flight is Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“I told her to tell anybody in the clinic that I am a nurse and they should allow me to speak to them. Later a male nurse took the phone from her and told me she was having anaphylactic reaction and they will watch her for just one hour and transfer her to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital but alas they did not transfer her until five hours later when they noticed she was restless and calling people at home.

“I boarded a bus going to Kano with her sister, Kemisola Oladepo, to go pick her from there. I begged them to take her to a teaching hospital around but they took her to a general hospital in Gwazo where they have nothing or little care to render.

“They took her phone from her, claiming she was not resting. From that 5PM I could not talk to her, I took a 16-hour journey to make sure I get to her but I was called around 3AM that she gave up, without any doctor in the hospital to assist her.

“The only nurse on duty told me she tried her best by staying beside her when death was taking her away because there was nothing to use.

“From that 3AM till I got to Kano I was hoping it would only be a mix up somewhere it can’t be her my Dolapo is gone… (Sobs).

“I got to Kano and met her at Aminu Kano mortuary, alas it was her being put in that cold place.”

(Sobs) “Amoke mi you couldn’t withstand the agony, NYSC successfully cut your destiny due to negligence.”

Although they are grieving, the Oladepo family wants the government to restructure the NYSC programme and provide infrastructure needed to prevent the loss of innocent young men and women all in the name of serving their fatherland.

Arrived Sick

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Ifedolapo Oladepo in camp before her death

‎The Press and Public Relations Head of the NYSC in Abuja, Mrs Bosede Aderibigbe, when contacted told Channels Television correspondent in Osun state via the telephone that “the deceased corps member, from the account I got, arrived the Kano orientation camp sick and presented a medical report.

She claimed that it was not the drill in the camp as being alleged that complicated her case.

“We trained all our commandants and officers not to force anyone who is weak to do the drilling exercises.

“Although what happened is a big loss to the family and NYSC as well because we lost a life, we can only console the family.

“I have called for the full medical report and will send it to you immediately I get it.

“What we needed to do we have done. We asked the NYSC in Osun to attend the internment and this is the normal thing to commiserate with the family.

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“The family should please accept our condolences but all reports reaching me indicates that she was not forced to do the regular drills as alleged. That is what I can say for now,” she concluded.

In the meantime, our correspondent is yet to get the medical report which the NYSC official promised to send as evidence.

NYSC Call-Up Letter Now Printable Online, Camp Opens Thursday

NYSC Call-Up Letter Now Printable Online, Camp Opens ThursdayThe National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced that prospective corps members, can now go online to print their call-up letters for the 2016 Batch B Stream 1 orientation course.

In a post via Twitter on Monday, the NYSC also released the camp registration process.

In the series of tweets, NYSC said: “Call up letter can now be printed for PCMs slated for Stream 1. They are to login to their respective dashboard with their email and password.

“If the Print Call up letter link is not on the dashboard, it means PCM is slated for Stream 2 scheduled for Jan 2017. No cause for alarm please.

“Registration in the camp for Stream 1, 2016 Batch ‘B’ commences on Thursday 24th November and closes by 12 midnight on the 25th November 2016.”

Imo Govt. Builds New NYSC Orientation Camp

Orientation CampThe Imo State Government has built a new permanent orientation camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in order to properly cater for the welfare and security of corps members posted to the state.

The newly built orientation camp located at Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, has been officially handed over to the state chapter of the National Youth Service Corps.

The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Sports and Youths Development, Mr Chidi Ibe, at the handing over ceremony.

He said that the delivery of this project is in fulfillment of the promise made by the Governor few months ago to build a new orientation camp for the corps members, having noted the dilapidation, rot and insecurity encountered in the previous camp.

He urged the officials of the NYSC as well the corps members to maintain the newly built camp and also take advantage of the one year service to the nation to explore Imo State and contribute their own quota to the development of the state.

In his remarks, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Isaac Fasanu, expressed gratitude to the Imo State government for building a befitting NYSC orientation camp with all basic amenities and adequate security.

He said that this would go a long way to help the corps members concentrate on their mission in camp without fear of kidnap, loss of life or property, or any discomfort.

He assured the government that the corp members, staff and officials will take good care of the camp, and the facilities will be well maintained.

Some of the Corps members who spoke at the event also commended the efforts of the state government in providing the facility.