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NYSC DG expresses concern over dress code controversy

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The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has expressed concern over recent controversy on the dress code for corps members.

In a statement issued by Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Ibrahim urged corps members to always adhere to the dress code.

“The DG notes with great concern the negative perception of the scheme’s dress code, arising mostly from some corps members’ disobedience to the dictates of the code.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme has maintained one dress code since May 22, 1973 when it was established, devoid of ethnic, religious or gender bias.

“The code remains a pair of khaki trousers and shirt; crested vest; white vest; a pair of white shorts; a pair of zebra-striped socks; a pair of jungle boots; a pair of canvas; belt and fez cap.

“This depends on camp activity at any point in any time,” she said.

Ibrahim said that the national NYSC camp, predicated on discipline and decency, is a training ground for corps members.

“Any other dress code contrary to the officially-sanctioned one will not promote the course of decency,” he stated.

According to him, it will be reprehensible for a female corps member to embark on obstacle crossing and other physical training activities on camp, including parade, in skirt or gown.

“Those will expose her indecently, thus, leaving little or nothing to imagination.

“The management observed with dismay the defacing of the NYSC uniform by some corps members by reshaping their khaki trousers, making them skin-tight, which unduly expose their curvatures, particularly the female corps members.

“Some others, in the name of religion, turn the pair of trousers issued to them into skirts.

“The scheme, therefore, considers the unwholesome act as an affront to decency on one hand and constituted authority on the other.

“It was for that reason that the scheme came up with the policy of having prospective corps members sign undertaking forms to the effect that they will not deface the NYSC uniform, but abide by the dress code for corps members,” the statement said.

The NYSC director-general clarified that organisation did not issue hijab as part of its dress code.

“Rather, the scheme permits the use of white hijab, which must not be more than shoulder length and must be tucked into the uniform.

“The policy of allowing hijab, which does not deface the NYSC uniform, is not new, as it has been there.

“The NYSC wishes to assure Nigerians and place on record that it will continue to be single-minded in pursuit of its core mandate of achieving a united, integrated, egalitarian and hate-free nation.

“It shall never do anything untoward to undermine or abridge gratuitously the rights of individuals or institutions based on parochial considerations,” he said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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2019 Batch “B” Stream 2 NYSC corps to pass out July 16

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says the passing-out of the 2019 Batch “B” Stream 2 corps members has been fixed nationwide for July 16.

The NYSC disclosed this in a statement by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, on Wednesday in Abuja.

”Arising from the threat posed by COVID-19 pandemic, and as a precautionary measure, the event will be low-key, with qualified corps members collecting their Certificates of National Service (CNS) at the Local Government level.

“Accordingly, the distribution of the certificate of national service shall be staggered for a period of 10 days in the first instance, in keeping with the safety measures established by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” the statement said.

The statement quoted the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, as giving kudos to the outgoing members for their service to the nation, and in particular for standing out to be counted in this time of national emergency.

It said Ibrahim charged the corps members to remain steadfast in rendering service to the nation and humanity, even after they have concluded their national assignment, as that was the hallmark of the corps.

The director-general also enjoined them to remain good ambassadors of the scheme in their future endeavours.

“All corps members and NYSC stakeholders are advised to stay vigilant, in order to guard against the contraction of COVID-19.

“Therefore, all must ensure strict observance of the safety protocols, predicated on consistent use of face masks, proper washing of hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, use of alcohol-based sanitiser, and observing social/physical distancing,” Ibrahim said.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Police vows to protect NYSC members in Yobe

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The Yobe States Police Command on Wednesday promised to provide maximum security to all National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members in the state.

Mr Yahaya Abubakar, the State Commissioner of Police, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the NYSC Yobe State Coordinator in Damaturu.

Abubakar said the police was committed to the safety of the corps members nationwide.

Abubakar, represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Millar Dantawaye, said the police would continue to be vigilant on all corps members locations.

he said that the action followed a recent robbery attack in one of the corps lodge in Bayelsa.

According to him, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu gave the directive to all state police commands in the country.

The commissioner, therefore, requested the state coordinator to provide details of all corps members’ locations to enable his men keep surveillance to ensure safety of their lives and property.

In her remarks, Mrs Grace Adzer, the NYSC Yobe state coordinator, thanked the Police for the gesture.

Adzer also applauded the police for always identifying with the NYSC in time of need and promised to supply all the details as requested.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19: NYSC says no plan to reopen orientation camps

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The Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has says its orientation camps will reopen when it is very safe, in view of the formidable danger posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations of the scheme, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

”The attention of management of the scheme has been drawn to an online publication stating that the ”NYSC is set to reopen orientation camps, lists guidelines,” alluding that the scheme will soon resume orientation programme,” Adeyemi said.

She said the scheme placed very high premium on the lives of corps members, camp officials and other stakeholders .

”Which was the key reason it suspended 2020 Batch “A” Stream 1 orientation programme in March and shall never act in anyway that will compromise their safety.

“To reinforce the foregoing, it is apt to add that even when it has been sufficiently established it is safe to proceed to the camps for the resumption of normal activities, the corps shall only do so when it has received the nod of the Federal Government,” she said.

Adeyemi added that corps members and prospective corps members are advised to glean information concerning the scheme only from NYSC official sources – both the social and mainstream media.

According to her, the Director-General, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, admonished corps members and prospective ones to continue strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols, predicated on social and physical distancing.

Others, he said, are wearing of face masks, proper washing of the hands for at least twenty seconds, and the use of hand sanitiser.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Kwara resuscitates NYSC Governing Board meeting

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The Kwara Governing Board of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) held its meeting after about six years such meeting was held last.

The NYSC spokesman in thd state, Mr Oladipo Morakinyo, said in a statement on Wednesday in Ilorin that the board meeting was held on Monday, June 22.

He said the State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs Francisca Olaleye was elated that the meeting can come back to life after almost six years that the meeting has been on hold.

According to her, one of her major priorities on assumption of duty in February was to revive the NYSC State Governing Board meeting.

She described the State Governing Board as the apex supervisory body for the NYSC operations in the state.

Olaleye cited the NYSC Act Cap N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Sections 6 and 7, which widely outlined the composition and the responsibilities of the NYSC State Governing Board.

The state coordinator was of the view that the prolonged suspension of such crucial meetings has slowed down the wheel of progress in the realisation of the lofty aims and objectives of the scheme in the state.

The reconvened meeting was presided over by the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mrs Joana Nnezua Kolo.

According to the statement, the commissioner pledged that the Kwara Government will continue to be alert to all her responsibilities to the NYSC scheme.

The statement added that the meeting came up with some far-reaching revolutions that would further enhance the welfare and security of corps members in the state.

It said the meeting also resolved to embark on an on-the-spot assessment of the orientation camp facilities within the next two weeks.

According to the chairman, the assessment visit will guide the board’s recommendations to the State Executive Council.

The News  Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by representatives of the Nigeria Army, the Police, state Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Others in attendance were representatives of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Ministry of Enterprise and NYSC State Coordinator, who is the statutory Secretary to the Board meeting.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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NYSC gets new State Coordinator in Ekiti

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Mrs Mary Chikezie has taken over as the 11th State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ekiti.

Chekezie took over from Mrs Emmanuella Okpongete, at the NYSC Secretariat on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, the News Agency of Nigeria, reports.

In her maiden address, Chikezie pleaded for the support of members of staff of the scheme in the state and other stakeholders in order to take NYSC scheme to a greater height.

The new state coordinator promised to do her best possible to make staff and corps members’ welfare paramount amongst other things.

She stated that she has come to Ekiti to implement the policies and programmes of the Director General of NYSC in Ekiti.

The new coordinator admonished the staff to serve God through humanity to be able to affect lives positively, especially corps members in their care.

She disclosed that she came in peace and that the entire workforce of NYSC Ekiti would equally enjoy the peace she has brought to the state.

Chikezie, who was transferred from Ebonyi State Secretariat, hailed from Enugu State and obtained her B.Sc. degree in Government Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

She was adjudged the best NYSC Inspector nationwide in the year 2009.

In her address, the out-going state Coordinator, Mrs Emmanuella Okpongete admonished members of staff to give their support to the new coordinator in order for her to achieve more than what she had achieved.

Okpongete eulogized staff for their hard work and commitment during her tenure, praying that God would continue to sustain the scheme in the state.

Some of the achievement of Okpongete were the purchase of over 2, 000 chairs for corps members on camp, building of an official quarters at the camp, reconstruction of camp clinic among others.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Ebonyi Govt donates office to NYSC

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The Ebonyi Government has donated a building to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to serve its permanent office in the state.
Mr Charles Akpuenika,state’s Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, said this while presenting the building to Mrs Ann Ibe, the state NYSC Coordinator, on Sunday in Abakaliki.
He said that the donation showed the government’s concern for the scheme.
Akpuenika, who is the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board in the state, said that state Executive Council (EXCO) approved the donation after a memo on the need for a befitting office for NYSC was presented to it.
“The building which was formerly occupied by the state Ministry of Works and Transport, is one of the best official structures in the state .
“The state NYSC Coordinator had consistently complained of the dilapidated nature of the present office and this prompted its consideration by the EXCO,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state governor has always demonstrated his resolve to enhance the well being of the NYSC in the state.
“The governor became the first in the state’s history to approve N10, 000 monthly allowance for youth corpers in the state, a development that has greatly enhanced their welfare.
“He also released N400 million for the reconstruction and renovation works at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Afikpo with work ongoing at the camp.
“All the internal roads and the one leading to the camp have been tarred, hostels and other structures renovated, streetlight installed, steady water supply provided among other amenities,” he said.
He urged the NYSC to reciprocate the gesture by adequately maintaining and keeping the building clean to enhance aesthetic status of the state capital.
Ibe thanked the governor for the gesture, noting that it would enhance the productivity of the corps in the state.
“We are happy to be relocating into a befitting edifce at last as our present office fortunately did not ‘collapse’ on us.
“The building’s foundation has been seriously affected by flooding in that area and this is seriously affected us,” she said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Covid -19: NYSC distribites palliatives to 300 people in Odi-Olowo LCDA

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National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Mushin Local Government area of Lagos have distributed 300 packs of palliatives to residents of Odi-Olowo Local Council Development area in  Ilupeju,  Lagos.

Chika Ononiwu, who spoke on behalf of the corps members, told newsmen during the distribution that the exercise was to support the aged in the community.

According to her, the corps members tasked themselves and distributed the food items like rice, garri, noodles, groundnut oil, salt and beans to the people.

She said that the team also constructed a blood sample collection booth to help check the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

“We are here to support the community because we care.

“We want other well meaning Nigerians to come and support our objective to put the disease into proper check,” Ononiwu said.

Mr Rasaq Olushola, the Chairman of Odi-Olowo Local Coucil, commended the corps members for the gesture.

“We appreciate you for using the COVID-19 situation to make a difference.  The sample booth will go a long way in making the fight against the disease a reality.

“Government and well meaning Nigerians should give their support for the mass production of the blood sample booths so that they could reach other parts of Lagos,” Olushola said.

The NYSC State Coordinator in Lagos, Mr Eddy Megwa, said that the local government council would be the 21st local government area visited and supported by the NYSC.

He said the corps members had proven their determination to assist Lagos Government in the fight against the pandemic.

One of the recipients of the palliatives, Mrs Aduke Sanni, expressed happiness at the corps members’ gesture.

She said she was given food packs, describing it as  a good gesture of supporting the community members.

“We are proud of what they are doing;  we say thank you to them, may God continue to bless them abundantly,” Sanni said.

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Edited By: Chidi Opara/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nasarawa Govt to convert NYSC camp to isolation centre

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Nasarawa Government says it is converting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Magaji Dan Yamusa Orientation Camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state to an isolation centre.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Mr Yahaya Ahmed, announced this at a news conference shortly after an expanded review meeting on Coronavirus (COVID-19) held in Lafia on Thursday.

He said that the centre would cater for the high increase of positive cases in the state, especially from Nasarawa West Senatorial Zone.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state recorded 177 confirmed COVID-19 cases, out of which, 87 have been treated and discharged, while 53 persons are receiving treatment.

A total of 30 others are in self-isolation, awaiting transfer to treatment centres, with seven deaths from the virus.

Ahmed said the state government was worried that the number of cases in the state was increasing, with most of them from Nasarawa West Senatorial zone.

He added that isolation centres for treatment of the virus in the zone had been overstretched, given the number of cases.

The commissioner said “from Nasarawa  Senatorial zone alone, Karu Local Government has 76 cases, Keffi – 30, Kokona – three, while Nasarawa has five, with none yet in Toto Local Government Area.”

He explained that the high rate of COVID-19 cases from the zone prompted the state government to convert the NYSC camp to an isolation centre to meet the increasing number of positive cases in the zone instead of transferring them to the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia.

“There are 177 positive cases across 10 local government areas, out of the 13 in the state.

“Keana, Wamba and Toto still have zero status of COVID-19, but out of this 177 cases, Akwanga has 15; Awe – 1; Doma – 3; Karu – 76; Keffi – 30; Kokona – 3; Lafia – 24; Nasarawa – 5; Nasarawa-Eggon – 12 and Obi – 8.

“It is clear that Karu Local Government is the epicentre of the state with 76, which is over 40 per cent of the cases we have, followed by Keffi, Lafia, Akwanga and Nasarawa-Eggon,” he said.

He said the conversion of the NYSC orientation camp to an isolation centre would afford the state more space in handling additional cases in the senatorial zone with no need to panic or transfer patients to other places.

Ahmed added that out of the 177 that tested positive in the state, 27 of them are health workers and are currently receiving treatment in isolation centres across the state.

“We do have 27 out of them who are health workers who tested positive. Six from Federal Medical Centre, Keffi; four in DASH, Lafia, two in Nasarawa-Eggon General Hospital, seven in Medical Centre, Mararaba in Karu, five in private health care hospitals in Keffi and three in private health facility in Lafia,” he said.

He also said that the state government had given directive for the immediate closure of some private schools that illegally reopened in some parts of the state without due authorisation to do so.

Mr Abdulkareem Kana, the Commissioner for Justice, explained that the state government had resolved to maintain the current measures put in place to guide against further spread of the virus.

He said “the state government at the end of the meeting resolved that the current measures issued by the governor in proclamation number 99 last two weeks, will remain. In other words, decision taken based on worship and restrictions placed will stand.

“The directive that commercial motorcycle operators should not carry more than one passenger at a time and tricycles cannot carry more than two passengers still remains, while all are advised to wear face masks.

“Also, the curfew in urban areas from 10 p.m., to 4 a.m. will continue,” he said.

Kana then revealed that the state government had resolved to intensify enlightenment campaign on safety steps to avoid spread of the virus.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

 

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Bayelsa Governorship: NYSC admits to altering Deputy Governor’s certificate

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday told the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja, that it made corrections to the name on the exemption certificate of the deputy governor, Sen.Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, at his request.

The Service, represented by Mrs. Keziah Okonofua, stated this while testifying as a subpoenaed witness in the petition filed by Mr. Ebizimo Diriyai, who contested the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state on the platform of Accord Party.

Diriyai had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Gov. Douye Diri; Ewhrudjakpo and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the tribunal.

The petitioner is claiming in the petition that the deputy governor forged his NYSC exemption certificate, which he presented to contest the election.

The petitioner further alleged that the person Ewhrudjakpo claimed was his elder brother who deposed to his declaration of age was even younger than him  going by the date of birth therein.

Diriyai is  seeking for an order of the tribunal to disqualify Diri and his deputy on the ground of the alleged forgery  and declare him the duly elected governor having polled the second highest votes in the election.

The NYSC representative stated that she was before the tribunal as a subpoenaed witness to tender some documents and testify.

She then tendered the subpoena,  and two letters written and signed by her on behalf of the NYSC’s Director-General to the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria police.

In the letter addressed to the DSS,  dated March 10, 2020 the NYSC confirmed and reiterated that it corrected the deputy governor’s name.

The second one, addressed to the police, dated Dec. 20, 2019 also confirmed and reiterated that it was the NYSC that corrected the deputy governor’s name from “Ewhrudjakpa” to Ewhrudjakpo.

Led in evidence by Diri’s counsel, Chief Chris Uche SAN, Okonofua told the tribunal that Ewhrudjakpo sometime in 2019 wrote to the NYSC to effect a correction in the spelling of his name on the exemption certificate issued to him by the Service.

According to the witness, the deputy governor asked that the Ewhrudjakpa on the certificate be changed to Ewhrudjakpo.

She informed that the Service promptly changed the letter “a” to letter “o” on the certificate.

While being cross examined by counsel for the deputy governor, Mr Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume SAN, the witness stated that the letter she signed was written in response to a letter sent to the NYSC by the DSS.

She further told the tribunal, while being cross examined by counsel for PDP, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, the witness stated that some former corps members sometimes asked NYSC to effect changes on their certificates.

Counsel for the petitioner, Prof. Amuda Kannike SAN, however, asked the witness to read some portion of the NYSC’s letter to the hearing of the tribunal, which she did.

The governor also called the DSS Director, Legal, Mr Abdulsalam Ibrahim, as a subpoenaed witness.

He confirmed to the tribunal that DSS received the letter dated March 10, in which NYSC confirmed that it effected a correction on Ewhrudjakpo’s exemption certificate and further read out the relevant paragraphs.

Following Ibrahim’s testimony,  Uche informed the tribunal that the governor had closed his defence in the petition.

Earlier, the counsel for Diri had tendered an enrolment order of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), marked M/1777/19 and Form CM001 of the petitioner from INEC.

The Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Muhammed Sirajo, thereafter adjourned hearing in the petition until Friday, June 12, for the third respondent,  Ewhrudjakpo to open his defence.

(NAN)

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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