National Helm is reporting, that a student of Rivers State University was on tuesday, electrocuted by a high tension cable of the PHED somewhere around the school campus. According to their report, the female student whose body was found lying lifeless close to the schools main gate shuttle park died while trying to move across an erosion after a heavy rain that started in the early hours of Tuesday.
“The erosion she was trying to get across had a high tension wire in it as a result of a pole that fell yesterday (Monday 12th), the Deceased had no idea there was a wire in the water.”
It was also gathered that men of the PHED was contacted on Monday, the day the electric pole fell but all efforts to get them address the situation had seem fruitless.
According to reports, the total number of reported students death cases on campus has been summed up to three (3) since the beginning of the semester in the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.
The Vice Chancellor, Osun State University, UNIOSUN, Professor Labode Popoola weekend cried out that the university is broke and could not meet all its financial obligations following the state government’s withdrawal of subvention to the institution and the failure of the students to pay their school fees.
Professor Popoola at a round table discussion between the management of the university and all the stakeholders to fashion a way out of the economic problem facing the university, said that more than four weeks into the second semester, more than 60 percent of the students are yet to pay their school fees.
The VC stated that the university management had taken into consideration the economic recession facing some parents by allowing the students who are yet to pay their school fees to attend lectures, but this had been grossly abused by this set of students.
“We also asked some of these students to take the advantage of the various construction works going- on on our campuses that they can engage themselves during their free period that can fetch them money that can be used to pay their fees, but none of them take advantage of this”, he added.
He disclosed that the management of the university have resolved that from Tuesday June 13, any student who fail to settle all their financial indebtedness to the institution would not be allowed into the lecture rooms.
It was gathered at the round table that some of the defaulting students have collected the fees from their parents but preferred to spend the money on schemes such as MMM, pool bettings and yahoo yahoo.
At the discussion table are also leadership of the parents association, students union, ASUU and other labour and industrial unions in the university
“2,300 corps members were deployed in Osun State and out of this, we registered 2,226. Of this number 1,023 are male while 1,123 are female corps members.
“Out of this number, we had instant relocation of 73 corps members; 49 corps members were on medical grounds while others are nursing mothers and marital issue. We take medical issues seriously, that is why we never had any issue right from Sunday.
“Before the corps member entered the camp, all members of the medical team and myself were at the gate to check any corps member coming in with any communicable diseases and we got some, registered them and relocated them to their parents,” he said.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, a foremost Islamic body in Nigeria, has “condemned in strongest terms”, the decision of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to continue running its orientation camps for fresh graduates across the country, despite the Ramadan fast.
The body, led by Abubakar Sa’ad, the Sultan of Sokoto, also urge the Nigerian Army to immediately postpone its planned recruitment exercise until Muslims have concluded their fasting period for 2017.
The decision was part of many resolutions, which included fervent prayers for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, reached by JNI at its recently-concluded annual central council meeting in Kaduna.
The organisation said NYSC admitting new entrants into orientation camps and the Nigerian Army conducting recruitment exercise during Ramadan would put Muslim faithful, especially those observing fasting and prayers, at a disadvantage.
“This is because the prospective corps members would be at disadvantage to their faith and other camp activities.
“In the same vein, the council calls on the authority of the Nigerian Army to postpone the intended recruitment exercise until after Ramadan to avoid putting prospective candidates at disadvantage,” it said.
The JNI called on the NYSC to honour a previous agreement entered by the two parties for camp activities to be placed on hold during Ramadan.
The spokesperson for the Nigerian Army and NYSC did not immediately return calls and text messages to their respective lines for comments Wednesday afternoon.
Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), said on Monday that the scheme will start posting corps members to farms soon.
Kazaure said this in an interview with newsmen during his official visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun.
He said that the move to deploy corps members in farms was in line with the agricultural development programme of the NYSC.
According to him, the NYSC has concluded preparations to begin the posting at the conclusion of the three-week orientation exercise.
He said that Bauchi, Oyo, Kebbi and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had been earmarked for the pilot phase.
“It should interest you to know that the NYSC will soon begin its agricultural development scheme where corps members will be posted to farms for their primary assignments.
Already the NYSC has acquired active farmlands across the nation’s geopolitical zones with four already fully operational in Kwali, Bauchi, Oyo and Kebbi.
After this orientation programme for the Batch ‘A’ corps members, we will begin posting some of them to these farms as a pilot phase. Though we are starting with four states for now, we will integrate the other states as time goes, the project is ongoing,” Kazaure said.
The NYSC boss had tasked the corps members not to seek white-collar jobs which were non-existent but rather develop their potentials for entrepreneurship excellence.
He said the corps members could begin their journey toward financial independence by tapping into and maximising the benefits of the NYSC’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.
“The NYSC has provided all the tools and support you need to develop your capacity to the fullest, it now depends on you, there is no short cut to success but by hard work.
Of all the programmes outlined for you during the orientation, there is none more important that you must fully participate in than the SAED programme.
I want you to create your own jobs by being creative and innovative, you must strive to be labour employers rather than labour seekers. Please don’t look for white-collar jobs, your skills and potentials can serve you better in the way of realising your dreams,” he said.
Kazaure said that the SAED programme was made possible by partnership with public and private sector organisations to build entrepreneurial capacity.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose has called on the Federal Government to increase the monthly allowance of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in view of the dwindling purchasing power of the Naira.
Governor Fayose made this call during the swearing-in and official opening ceremony for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream I of National Youth Service Corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ise/Orun/Emure Ekiti.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Alade stressed that the N19,800 monthly allowance was no longer sufficient for the survival of Corps Members, adding that a review of the allowance must be given an urgent attention by the Federal Government.
The Governor who recently provided Hostel and toilet facilities for the camp reiterated his commitment to the wellbeing of corps members serving in the State and promised to give further assistance to the NYSC.
Fayose lamented that the monumental increase in the population of graduates annually without corresponding development in the facilities has led to huge infrastructural decay in the NYSC Camps nationwide.
Urging the Corps Members to however render outstanding services to the State and their host communities, Fayose assured that the state Government would continue to acknowledge and reward deserving youths with State Honours Award, automatic employment and cash gifts.
He encouraged them to go into practical Farming, Fishery, Snail farming and tap into the agriculturally friendly environment of the state, emphasizing the need for them to take advantage of the pleasant, accommodating, peaceful and hospitable atmosphere in the State.
The State Coordinator, NYSC Ekiti State, Mrs. Nwano Eze Ukgha who put the number of youths registered in the new batch at 2,066 warned the corps members against indulging in cult activities, consumption of illicit drugs, and other forms of unwholesome acts on the camp as erring members would be handed over to the camp court for trial according to the by-laws.
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Sunday approved the relocation of NYSC camp from Obubra in Obubra Local Government Area to Awi in Akamkpa LGA.
While it was alleged that the suspected relocation might be linked to the death of a serving corps member, Onwuegbuzie Stanley-Samuel, who died of Lassa fever two weeks ago, the state NYSC was quick to deny the claims.
The deceased corps member was serving in Community Secondary School in Ofodua in Obubra LGA.
But in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abdullahi Yuguda, the state NYSC said that the relocation was to allow for renovation of the permanent camp.
It urged corps members who just got their call up letters to resume at the temporary camp at the Cross River State College of Education in Awi, Akamkpa LGA.
The statement read in part, “The Cross River State government has approved the College of Education in Akamkpa LGA as temporary camp for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ NYSC orientation course.
“This is as a result of the ongoing renovation of the NYSC permanent orientation camp located in Obubra LGA.
“The state coordinator, NYSC, Mrs. Ambekemo Eniola, appreciates Governor Ben Ayade’s administration for paying attention to the deplorable facilities at the permanent camp. With the speed of the ongoing work, there is hope for the NYSC to host the next batch at Obubra.”
The state coordinator debunked reports that attributed the decision to relocate the camp due to outbreak of Lassa fever.
Eniola said, “Media reports attributing the decision to relocate the camp to Lassa fever outbreak was wrong.”
She added that critical inspections were carried out at the new venue which she described as conducive and having the capacity to absorb the 2,000 prospective corps members expected for the orientation course.
Prospective Batch A Corps Members Posted to Obubra in Obubra Local Government Area are therefore requested to Re-print their call-up letters immediately.
We reported last week about a Corper Mr, Toeiseju Lodge who was murdered outside his apartment in Oghara, Delta state. NYSC Member Killed By Suspected Cultist.
It is in great sorrow that we report that he has been buried. He was buried by his fellow Corps members admist tears. It was a sad day and it was reported that no one wished to engage in refreshments during the burial because of the sad way he had died.
May his soul Rest In Peace.
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