The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ebonyi office, on Friday, celebrated its 47th anniversary with the destitute and other less privileged persons.
Mrs Ann Ibe, Ebonyi NYSC Coordinator, said during the visit to St. Vincent De Paul Destitute and Old Peoples Home, in Abakaliki, that the scheme used the occasion to identify with the vulnerable members of the society.
Ibe advised the inmates of the home not to see their condition as irredeemable urging them to have absolute trust and faith in God for redemption.
“I am impressed with the level of physical distancing you maintained during this visit and encourage you to observe other precautionary measures such as regular hand washing, use of sanitisers, wearing of face masks among others.
“This made us present COVID-19 preventive items such as sanitisers and face masks produced by our corps members to supplement foodstuffs and other items we are presenting to you,” she said.
The NYSC state director called on groups and individuals clamouring for the proscription of the scheme to have a rethink as the country needs it most to overcome various social problems confronting it.
“The scheme was established on this day in 1973 by the then Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s administration to cushion the effects of the Nigerian/Biafran civil war.
“The government embarked on policies of rehabilitation, reconciliation and reconstruction to ensure national unity and integration aftermath the war.
“There is no part of the country where you will not see youth corps members as the scheme has assisted in achieving the overall objectives of national service,” she said.
She observed that in spite of several challenges confronting the scheme, it had assisted in infusing national integration, chiefly inter-tribal marriages.
“The scheme provides an avenue for corps members across the country to socialise and, in the process, finding life partners.
“I found my husband as a corps member and, apart from football, the scheme is the highest unifying factor in the county,” she said.
“NYSC members in respective batches have been involved in providing for the inmates, reconstruction and renovation of structures either as individuals or groups.
“We will continue praying for you and wish you many years of fruitful service to the country,” she said.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Community Service: NYSC members evacuate blocked drainages in Yobe
The three corps members, two men and a lady, who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Damaturu narrated what motivated them to embark on the tedious work.
“I started this work alone with the belief that it would improve the health and environmental hygiene of this community.
“One good thing about community development service is to reawaken the spirit of responsibility to others. Now because of this effort, other people started doing similar work in the community,” Tarzoho said.
Uche Egbuemike, the lady corps member with registration number YB/19C/0973, a graduate of Economics from University of Nigeria Nsukka, said she was motivated by the courage of her colleague Paul, who started the work alone.
“My friend Paul motivated me to join him in this community development project.
“He told me about the work he was doing and showed me some pictures of the work. I was amazed at his performance and I made up my mind to join him,” she said.
As a female, she said it was not easy to do that kind of work especially at the beginning.
“But then I want to help my host community and send a message to other female corps members that they can do anything they want to do.
“I really feel honoured to be in this kind of position,” Egbuemike added.
On his part, Richard Peter with registration number YB/19B/0946 also a graduate of Economics from Benue State University, appealed to other corps members to always identify what their host communities needed and work on it.
“I appeal to other corps members to be humble and sincere. There are lots of challenges facing our host communities so it is good to identify such challenges and address them,” he said.
The three corps members also expressed gratitude to the community members and passers-by, who sometimes provided them drinking water and other little gifts in appreciation for their dedication and service to the community.
They however, stated that their major challenge was excessive heat due to weather condition.
“Being one of the beneficiaries of this noble objective, on behalf of this community I want to register my appreciation to all the youth corps members in the states.
“And particularly to these two boys and a lady. They have done a good job for us at least they have assisted in clearing this blocked drainages in our community.
COVID-19: NYSC offers free medical treatment to 1,000 IDPs in Borno
Mr Nura Umar, the NYSC State Coordinator, made the disclosure on Friday during the inauguration of its free medical care Programme at the camp in Maiduguri
“We have a mini laboratory here at the camp for conducting test, and equally a pharmaceutical section where drugs are given to patients based on prescriptions of the doctors,”he said.
Umar said that the exercise was part of the activities lined up to commemorate the Anniversary of the NYSC Scheme.
Buni also thanked them for the food items provided to him and the rest of the Internally Displaced Persons in the camp.
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NYSC: 5 corps members get state awards in Niger
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.
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)
COVID-19: NYSC corps members to wed by 5 a.m to avoid crowd
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)
NYSC to upgrade skills’ acquisition centre in Gombe to school—DG
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says it will seek approval for its skills ‘acquisition centre in Lafiyawo community, Gombe to be upgraded to a school.
It said this would serve youths and corps members in the northeast.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this on Thursday while assessing the centre, which was damaged by windstorm recently.
Ibrahim said the school would be one of the six skills’ acquisition schools to be built in the six geo-political zones of the country.
He said that skills’ acquisition was very important in view of its capacity to make youths become self-employed and even become employers of labour.
According to him, the impact of skills acquisition centres in the fight against COVID-19 by corps members has been impressive.
“By producing face masks, sanitizer, antiseptic soaps and other fabricated machines, you can see why we need to fix this centre as soon as possible,” he said.
He advised corps members to continue to put to maximum use skills acquired during their service year to ensure that they were financially independent.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Peter Dada (NAN)
1 NYSC member dead, 7 to repeat service in Sokoto
Enaberue said the sanctions would serve as deterrent to other corps members.
He also said that out of 1, 648 corps members that served in the state, 1,630 would now pass out with the development.
Enaberue further disclosed that two corps members were shortlisted for the State NYSC Award, three for Chairman’s Award while two were billed to receive the prestigious Sultan of Sokoto Award.
He said commendation letters would also be issued to deserving corps members, adding that the awards were designed to appreciate outstanding performance during the service year.
The coordinator urged the outgoing corps members to utilise the skills acquired during vocational training at the orientation camp and service period.
“Try to be good ambassadors of this country and your family; you should ensure that you associate with people of good character.
“ The vocational training you were exposed to during your orientation programme is enough to make you excel without wandering about in the saturated labour market,” he said.
He also said the passing out ceremony was low-key because of the COVID-19, adding that all activities were in line with the safety measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
The coordinator said NYSC officials were deployed to local government areas to issue service certificates while some were being issued at the state secretariat according to a batch of 30 persons at a time.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
15 NYSC members to repeat service, 26 get extensions in Ekiti
Fifteen Corps Members of 2019 Batch B Stream ‘1’ who served in Ekiti would have their compulsory one year service repeated, while 26 bagged various extensions.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ekiti Coordinator, Mrs Emmanuella Okpongete made the disclosure on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti during the passing-out of 2019 Batch B Stream 1.
NAN reported that the state coordinator gave the breakdown at the ceremony held at the Ekiti Parapo Pavillion, Ado-Ekiti, without the usual ceremony.
According to Okpongete, those who are to repeat the service year absconded from their primary assignments.
“The punishment for their offence is to repeat their service year and refund whatever allowance(s) they might have collected.
“Today, we are having the passing-out of the 2019 Batch B Stream 1. This set of corps members are unique in different ways.
” Out of 2,282 Corps members, 15 absconded and will have their service year repeated, 26 got extension for various offences and three outstanding ones that have done well are recommended for State Awards
” 16 corps members got Commendation Letters for their outstanding work in their primary places of assignment, we however, lost one to ruptured Appendix,” Okpongete said.
On measure to ensure that social and physical distancing was maintained during the issurance of certificates, the NYSC state coordinator said they designed it in a way that not more than 20 corps members attended at once.
She said,” We asked corps members to come at certain time. We ensure we do not have more than 20 to take certificates at once.
” We asked them to come with their own face masks, while we provided soaps and water to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
She, however, thanked Ekiti Government for being supportive at all time, while urging corps members not to allow the prevalence of the Coronavirus to deter them from putting into positive use the skills acquired.
In a separate interviews, Lateef Tajudeen and Edith Oarhe thanked Almighty God for the successful service year.
Oarhe said,” Though my first challenge when I came to Ekiti was language barrier, but I was able to adapt; I have learnt a lot from different people and background.”
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Felix Ajide (NAN)
4,159 NYSC members pass out in low key ceremony in Oyo
No fewer than 4,159 Batch B NYSC members for 2019 passed out on Thursday in Oyo State at a low key ceremony that was devoid of the usual parade.
The ceremony involving 1,769 male and 2,390 female corps members featured the distribution of national service certificates at the local government level.
NAN reports that some corps members were sighted in groups at Ibadan South-East, Ibadan North and Ibadan North East Local Government Secretariats collecting their certificates from Local Government
Speaking at Loyola College in Ibadan North East Local Government, one of the venues for the passing out ceremony, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Grace Ogbuogebe, urged the corps members to put into practice all the skills they acquired while in camp.
“Don’t allow the skills you have learnt to go to waste, don’t let it be redundant, use the little amount you have saved to start something, do not just go and lie down, saying that coronavirus is there.
“You can go into agriculture, prove your worth in your communities and God will bless you.
” There is no way we can gather all corps members together, we have to stagger in groups. Some will come tomorrow, some next tomorrow and so on,” she said.
She added that no fewer than 26 corps members got extension of service while 32 were to be remobilised.
The coordinator said another 11 received honours award while 81 went on maternity leave.
Also speaking, the Assistant Director in charge of Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs Christy Olatoye, said issuance of certificates would continue for 10 consecutive days to allow for a seamless distribution process.
“Corps members who are currently not in their state of service have been warned not to violate the ban on inter-state journeys in the bid to collect their Certificate of National Service.
“They are to wait till the ban is lifted and it is safe to travel before proceeding to their respective states of service to collect their certificates.
” This is in line with the directive from the NYSC management,” she said.
One of the corps members, Seyi Oladekan, expressed gratitude to God for passing out inspite of the low key ceremony.
“I’m very happy because inspite of the fact that everything is not okay now, we have cause to thank God for everything,” he said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
10 NYSC members to repeat service in Kano – Coordinator
Kano, April. 28, 2020 The Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kano State, Hajiya Aisha Tata, says 10 out of the 3,280 Batch ‘B’ stream ‘l’ Corps members are to repeat their 1-year service in the state.
She disclosed this during the presentation of certificates to the corps members passing-out on Thursday in Kano, which was conducted under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
The coordinator added that another nine corps members were given service extension from two to three months for various offences.
“I wish to inform you that since the issue of COVID-19 in Kano, no single case was recorded among the corps members in this state.
“The corps members complied with the stay-at-home directives, and maintained personal and environmental hygiene, which are the major preventive measures,” she said
She, therefore, advised the outgoing corps members to make maximum utilisation of the skills they acquired during the service year, so that they could be self reliant.
The coordinator noted that the scheme had made all necessary arrangements with security agencies and commercial transportation unions, aimed at ensuring that all the completing corps members arrived at their various destinations safely.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
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