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Corps members donate palliatives to orphanage in Niger



Corps members of the Sustainable Development Goals Community Development Service Group (CDS) in Niger on Thursday donated food items to the Niger state Orphanage.

This was to help the children of the orphanage cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown imposed in the state.

Items donated to the orphanage includes: rice, gari, beans, cartons of noodles, milk, milo, custard powder, biscuits, sugar, toiletries and cash.

Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said the donation was in line with the NYSC efforts to assist the less privilege at this difficult period.

Ajayi, who was represented by Alhaji Isah Doko, Director, Niger state SDGs, extolled the thoughtfulness of the corps members for contributing to alleviate the hardship of the orphans.

“As you have touched the lives of these little ones, so shall God touch your lives,” she said.

Malam Husseini Aliyu, Director of the state Orphanage, who received the items, appreciated the corps members for their gesture, adding that the items would be used judiciously.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)


Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets new Acting Corps Commander



The Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets a new Acting Corps Commander, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The handing and taking over ceremony was held on Monday at the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Bonny Camp cantonment, Lagos.

The ceremony witnessed by Col. S. J. Adama, the outgoing Acting Corps Commander, who handed over to Col. I.B. Solebo.

The new Acting Corps Commander said that his vision was to have a highly regimented, professional and accountable Corps in the delivery of its services.

“You will agree with me that the amount of financial resources devoted to and already expended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on healthcare infrastructure in our medical establishment is enormous.

“The Corps is unparalleled in the recent history of the Nigerian Army. As such, there is no gainsaying that to whom, much is given much is expected.

“By extension, performance, excellence and efficiency in the delivery of prompt and enviable healthcare to our officers, soldiers and their families is therefore not an exception, but the norm henceforth,” he said.

He said that regimentation was the bedrock of military indoctrination and panacea for victory at warfare and success in peacetime administration.

Solebo implored all personnel to reflect on the ethics, customs and tradition of the military and abide strictly by the rules therein, if we are to foster an enviable Corps for the future.

He urged all corps commanders to ensure that all military personnel in their various units engaged in physical activities as stipulated by the Nigerian Army to improve the performance at work.

According to him, to improve the performance at work, a physically fit body and mentally alert mind are essential.

“As such, all commanders are to ensure all military personnel of the Corps in their respective units actively participate in physical activities by way of morning physical training.

“And also evening games as stipulated by the NA except while on duty as the current COVID-19 pandemic settles.

“Participation in this activities are to be reflected in the PER’s of all personnel by their respective directors and commanders.

“All officers and soldiers of the Corps will also work to maintain their body mass index prescribed by the ASA.

“There would be special focus on health care deliver in the North East including the Reference hospital in the AOR.

“With the goal of reinforcing and bringing clinical, and surgical expertise closer to the location of injured amongst troops.

“Such that intervention is faster with the expected effect of further reduction in morbidity and mortality,” he said.

Solebo also said that all medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis.

According to him, drug availability on the NHIS in our hospitals and the scourge of fake drugs had become a topical issue.

“All medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis. This would aid budgeting and efficient use of primary funds including capitation and fee for service.

“A drive towards centralisation of drug procurement from a few validated sources would be urgently explored, whilst our drug manufacturing unit continue to explore capacity building and expansion to meet the drug consumption need of the NA,” he said.

Solebo, however, thanked the COAS for counting him worthy of steering the affairs of the Corps, saying that all his efforts would be channelled toward swiftly achieving the vision of the COAS.

He also thanked the outgoing Acting Corps Commander on the effort made to reposition the Corps thus far.

Present at the event include all Headquarters Directors, Commandants Nigerian Army School of Medical Science, Chief Medical Director 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Yaba.

The MD, Nigerian Army Drug Manufacturing Company Limited, the Ag Chief Medical Director Military Hospital Port Harcourt, Heads of Departments and Principal staff officers.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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NYSC: 5 corps members get state awards in Niger



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger on Friday presented state awards to five outgoing corps members for outstanding performances during their service year in the  state.

Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, the NYSC State Coordinator, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday.

She said the awardees were part of the passing out 2,012 corps members of 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream I.

The state coordinator explained that the corps members were honoured by the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, for their outstanding performances during their service year.

Matane is also the Secretary to the Niger Government.

Ajayi commended the corps members for their exemplary performances and urged other corps members to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.

She, however, said that the issuance of certificates of national service would continue for the next 10 days to enable corps members observe the physical distancing rules and preventive measures against COVID-19.

Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi, NYSC North Central Zonal Coordinator, enjoined the outgoing corps members to keep the NYSC flag flying at all times.

He encouraged the passing out corps members to strive to become self-reliant putting to practice the skills acquired during their service year.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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COVID-19: NYSC corps members to wed by 5 a.m to avoid crowd



Two National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, who met and fell in love during their service year, will wed by 5 a.m on Saturday (May 30) to avoid crowd in line with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The wedding of Miss Felicia Haruna from Kaduna State and Mr Mark Makafan from Kogi is scheduled to hold at St Peter Claver Catholic Church Cathedral Kafanchan, Kaduna State.

The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Thursday blessed the couple’s intention, urging them to accept and tolerate themselves as husband and wife.

The NYSC director-general, who was returning from Gombe where rainstorm destroyed the corps Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) centre, stopped in Jos to bless the would be couple.

He urged other corps members to emulate the duo as they plan to settle down after service.

The News Agency ot Nigeria reports that the director-general tossed a nuptial drink for the couple and shower them with gifts, including money.

The Plateau State Coordinator of NYSC, Ms Caroline Embu, said that the scheme was happy for the corps members.

Embu stated that the scheme’s joy knows no bound as such does not happen all the times.

“I am exceptionally happy because this doesn’t come often and when it happens and it is right under our nose, it brings joy to both NYSC and members of staff here,” said the director.

She advised other corps members to give it a chance and a try out relationship without despising humble beginings.

Mr Makafan said that he met Miss Haruna during their orientation course at the NYSC Orientation Camp.

“We started a relationship that is leading to marriage while in camp as members of Platoon seven.

“The moment I met her, something told me that she is my wife.

“As faith would have it, we will be husband and wife this Saturday.

On her part, Felicia said that she was one of the ladies that said that they would not date a corps member.

But I am not just dating but marrying one.

“The moment he came to me something told me that he is more than a friend.

“And by grace of God I am going to spend the rest of my life with,” she said.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Ndume asks Buhari to assent to Peace Corps Bill 



The Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, Sen. Ali Ndume, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) bill when presented to him.

Ndume made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Peace Corps of Nigeria Founders’ Day and 22nd anniversary of the corps.

The senator said he was shocked when Buhari declined assent to the bill when it was first presented to him.

He said that before the president’s decline, the bill had gone through various processes, including public hearing as well as a robust discussion by experts.

“I am confident that this time around, once the legislative process is completed, President Buhari will definitely assent to the bill,” Ndume said.

Also speaking, Amb. Dickson Akoh, National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, said the founders’ day anniversary celebration was a significant event for the organisation

He said that in spite of the daunting institutional and foundational challenges, the PCN had recorded monumental achievements.

Akoh said the PCN had transformed from being a handful passionate youth organisation in 1998 to a body with membership of over 187,000 youths.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PCN is made up of registered members and volunteers.

The national commandant said the organisation currently had well-structured branches in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

NAN reports that the celebration was observed under strict social distancing in compliance with set rules on preventing COVID-19.

Mohammed Monguno,

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives,  Rep. Mohammed Monguno; Mr Okay Agu of  the National Human Rights Commission and other top members of the organisation attended the event.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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68 Corps members to repeat service year in Lagos — State Coordinator



National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) coordinator in Lagos, Mr Eddy Megwa, says 68 corps members in the 2019 Stream I Batch B would have to repeat their service year in the state.

The state coordinator made this known on Thursday, at the Ikeja Local Government Secretariat, one of the venues for the passing out ceremony of corps members.

Megwa said a total of 6, 196 received their Certificates of National Service, with three corps members distinguishing themselves during the service year.

He said that the three would be receiving state merit awards for their outstanding performance in their service year.

The coordinator said that the Executive Governor of Lagos State would present the merit awards.

Megwa commended the outgoing corps members for performing well during the service year

“We are happy to come to a successful end of the service year for Stream I Batch B in Lagos State, indeed it has been an eventful year for the corps members.

“To those 68 who would be repeating the year, it is simply because they had gone against the rules of the NYSC and hence they would repeat their service year.

“The successful ones had gone through their primary assignments, and community development programmes and done credibly well to earn their certificates,” Megwa said.

The state coordinator said that the COVID-19 pandemic affected two months of their service year, when they had to stay at home.

He said that the federal government was magnanimous to pay the corps members their full entitlements.

“The last two months was the era eaten up by the world pandemic health crisis, so we had to stay at home as advised by the National Directorate.

“The corps members, however, came together to distribute, to every local government, palliatives such as food items, nose masks, hand wash which they bought from their pockets.

Gov. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu wrote a letter of commendation to the corps members for their patriotism; indeed they made us all proud,” Megwa said.

Seun Babajide, a corps member who served at the Ministry of Agriculture, Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, said that it was a worthwhile experience for him.

He said that he was ready to face challenges ahead.

“I learnt a lot throughout my one year service; indeed, I really gained a lot and I’m ready to impact my community when I get back to my base in Osun,” Babajide said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)








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Gombe: NYSC urges corps members to comply with COVID-19 protocols 



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Gombe State office, on Thursday, urged corps members passing out in the state to comply with all health authorities’ directives against Coronavirus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 1,311 corps members for the 2019 Batch “B” stream 1, passed out at a low-key ceremony held at NYSC Zonal office in Bolari, Gombe Local Government Area of the state.

Mrs Florence Yaakugh, NYSC Coordinator in the state, stressed the need for corps members to comply with the directive to protect their health and those of their family members.

Yaakugh also urged the passing out members to put to use all the skills acquired in the course of their one-year mandatory service year, adding that they must not stay idle after service.

She said that it was imperative for youths to acquire skills that would be used to sustain themselves and become self-sufficient while contributing to the development of the country.

The state coordinator explained the reason for the low turnout of corps members, saying “it is in line with the Federal Government and NYSC protocols to ensure social distancing to protect corps members.

“The passing out would last for the next ten days in adherence to the COVID-19 protocols as directed by our Director General. If all members are allowed to gather, we can’t observe the physical distancing directive.

“We have outlined the schedule for the next ten days and corps members are to come in batches; 30 will come daily until we exhaust the numbers in this Local Government Area.

“All corps members not in the state at the moment would collect their certificate after the interstate lockdown is eased,” she said.

She commended both the Federal and the Gombe state governments for taking proactive measures through sensitisation to protect Nigerians.

Yaakugh added: “In Gombe state, there is no report of our corps member with COVID-19 and we thank God.”

She also commended the corps members and the entire team of NYSC in Gombe state for supporting the state government’s fight against the virus through donations of sanitiser, face masks to the state’s Taskforce on COVID-19.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Akeredolu gives palliative to corps members in Ondo



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday gave some palliatives to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state.

Akeredolu, who was represented by the Chairman, Ondo State Palliative Committee, Pastor Akinola Olotu said that the government would not waver in its responsibility to the scheme.

The items presented include rice, beans, yam, eggs, vegetable oil, beverages, condiments, bread and drinks.

Akeredolu said that the corps members had displayed true meaning of patriotism and nationalism.

“Of a truth, our administration purposed to give palliatives to the poorest of the poor in all the 18 Local Governments that make up the state, but the exemplary services rendered by the members of the service corps to fight the novel virus should not go unrewarded,” he said.

The governor lauded the patriotic service of the corps members to the nation, especially at the challenging times of battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

He acknowledged their production and donation of antiseptic hand sanitisers and face masks to the state government, hospitals, institutions, the vulnerable and indigent people across the state.

According to him,  the present administration in the Sunshine State values the youth and will ensure they are encouraged to remain productive for the overall interest of the state.

The governor said that the state was the first in the nation to visit hospitals and gave succour to patients, especially the pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as the sick and those recuperating.

In her brief remarks, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Grace Akpabio, said that she was not surprised at the kind gesture of the governor.

She said that he had shown himself to be a purposeful and dynamic administrator since he took the mantle of leadership in the state three years ago.

Akpabio  said that the positive disposition of Akeredolu toward NYSC facilitated the construction of perimeter fence round the permanent orientation camp at  Ikare-Akoko, which had warded off those encroaching on the land

“Mr governor also released substantial amount of money to the scheme last year as a state subvention, which had been stopped long before he became the governor.

“Let me thank the chairman and members of the palliative committee for accommodating and factoring in the corps members into their plans,” she said.

A representative of the corps members, Mr Onyenwe Obumnene described Akeredolu as a loving and caring father to the corps members.

He prayed that God would grant Akeredolu wisdom to pilot the affairs of the state and lead the citizens to the promised land.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)



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COVID-19: Army Ordnance Corps distribute palliatives to host community



The Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps on Monday distributed palliatives to the most vulnerable residents of Ojuoluwa Empire Community in Surulere Local Government Area in Lagos state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items given to cushion the effect of the lock down occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic include rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil and seasonings.

Others are noodles, salt and two packs of 500g sugar each.

Maj.-Gen. O.A. Akintade, the Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, said that Ojuoluwa community was chosen for palliative because of their relationship.

Akintade was represented at the occasion by Brig.- Gen. Effefiong Ekpenyong, Director, Land Service Administration.

He said that the organisation understood the effect COVID -19 pandemic had on the people and decided to reach out to the host communities.

“We are aware of what the current scourge across the world has done, a lot of people are suffering and are feeling the impact of COVID-19 seriously.

“This particular community is our neighbour and we have excellent relationship over the years, it is on that premise that we decided to identify with it,” he said.

On COVID-19, the commander urged the community to keep adhering to measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

“The Presidential Task Force has rolled out about seven protocols for everybody to adhere, which include social or physical distancing, washing of hands and the use of sanitisers.

“I call on the community to religiously implement all these protocols for their safety,” he said.

Mr Olukayode Adeyemi, Special Adviser, Community Affairs, Surulere Local Government appreciated the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai for reaching out to ward F1.

Adeyemi also commended the Army Ordnance Corps for giving out the palliatives in an orderly manner.

According to him, face mask and tags were given to beneficiaries a day before the palliatives were distributed.

Also, Chief Oladunjoye Davies, the Baale of the community said he was grateful that such hand of friendship was extended to his community.

“I am grateful to the COAS, the Commandant of the Ordnance Corps and the officers for bringing this gesture to my community, God will continue to bless them,” Davies said.

He also said that the community had been adhering to the measures rolled out by the government.

Iyabode Davies, one of the beneficiary said that she was grateful to the Army for reaching out to the community.

“I am overwhelmed with these gesture, may God continue to bless Buratai and the Nigerian Army because whatever it does, it is excellent,” she said.

Kofo Olalere, a pregnant woman who also received the palliative, thanked the army for reaching out to the most vulnerable in the community.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Passing out of corps members, issuance of CNS to hold May 28 – NYSC



The passing-out ceremony for the 2019 Batch “B”, Stream 1 corps members will hold nationwide on May 28, according to the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).

Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

Adeyemi said that the event would be devoid of ceremonial parade owing to the great danger posed by the global prevalence of the coronavirus.

“In keeping with COVID-19 protocol of social and physical distancing, Certificate of National Service (CNS) shall be issued to qualified corps members at the local government level.

“Accordingly, NYSC officers have been mobilised for the distribution; and shall do so from 10 service points in each of the local government areas,’’ she said.

Adeyemi said that as a precautionary measure, the distribution would be staggered for a period of 10 days in the first instance.

According to her, the distribution strategy will deal with concerned corps members anxiety, in addition to making the activity seamless and less cumbersome.

“The management heartily congratulates the corps members for their successful completion of the service, which undeniably is a major milestone.

“Dear corps members, as you go for your CNS, remember to ensure the strictest observance of discipline anchored on orderliness and adherence to instructions.

“Remember the rules of social and physical distancing, use of facemask, hand sanitiser, and proper washing of the hands with liquid soap for at least 20 seconds during the activity,’’ she said.

Adeyemi reminded corps members who are currently not in their states of service not to violate the ban on inter-state journeys which is still in force.

She said that as soon as the ban was lifted and it was safe to travel, they could go to their respective states of service to collect their certificates.

“Kindly note that unclaimed certificates shall be returned to the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja two weeks after the lifting of inter-state travel ban.

“Please, always stay in touch with our social media platforms, as well as the mainstream media for further information,’’ Adenike said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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