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VSO Lauds NYSC for their Support Towards Its Programmes

VSO lauds NYSC for their support

The National Youth Service Corps has been commended by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for its support towards the success of its programmes in Nigeria.

The commendation was made yesterday at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja, by the VSO Country Director, Lucia Balonwu; during a visit to the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure. VSO is partnering with NYSC on the National Graduates Volunteer Programme (NGVP). This programme involves the deployment of Ex and serving Corps members who volunteers to work in the areas of education, health and agriculture.

The VSO Country Director, Lucia Balonwu, thanked NYSC for the opportunity given to VSO to engage Corps members in its programme implementations, and added that the presence of the Scheme in all parts of the country has made it a good partner in any development project. “As a result of our partnership, we have been able to reach several states across Nigeria, and been able to enrich the lives of youths in the country as well as communities,” she said.

The NYSC management were briefed by the country Director on the various VSO that is currently being implemented in most staes. ” Apart from contributing to development of communities, the VSO also seeks to build the capacity of youths to work with community members for development purposes” she said. The need to instil the spirit of volunteering in Nigerians, especially the youth, was also emphasized upon by her.

The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, in his response praised VSO for its various programmes and also assured them of NYSC commitment to the success of the partnership between the two organizations.
He also assured them that NYSC will continue implement ways to instill the spirit of volunteering among Corps members. However, he urged Voluntary Service Overseas to put into consideration, the expansion of their programme to more states of the Federatiion.

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NYSC Service Year To Be Splited Into Two, Senate Set To Amend NYSC Act

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NYSC

– The bill seeks to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members

– The bill is sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra North senatorial district

Report are that a bill for an act to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act is currently in the Senate.

The bill which seeks to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members and split it into two parts is sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah. Oduah, a former minister of aviation, is a Peoples Democratic Party member representing Anambra North senatorial district.

The bill went for first reading on November 24, 2015 and second reading on May 17, this year.

The main aim of the NYSC Bill is to equip Corp members with entrepreneurial skills to enable them build sustainable and profitable businesses after their service year. The bill seeks to among other things:

1. Prepare Nigerian youths to rediscover their passions, talents and skills and not to dwell on their certificates

2. The bill will further split the service year into two; to be directed towards gaining experience in the work environment and secondly, geared towards free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills.

3. The objective of the bill is to reduce unemployment among Nigerian graduates after their service year.

4. The bill seeks to develop and place the graduates in the right direction and hence make them useful tools for the transformation of the economy.

The bill has since being referred to the constitutional review committee for further legislative action.

Armed robbers attack NYSC members at NCCF lodge in Abia State

Armed Robbers invaded the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship ( NCCF ) lodge at Ngwoaku Isuochi, Abia state and carted away cash, phones, laptops and other cadgets. According to one of the victims, Bassey Edem, the incident occurred yesterday at exactly 11.35pm, when the robbers attacked the corps members.

They didn’t stop there, they inflicted serious injury on them. He stated that if not for God, they would have killed the corps members. He then called on the Abia state government and NYSC to do something about their security, because they are no longer safe.

He shared pictures of the attack on his Facebook page and wrote;

In May, I posted something about molestation and killing of corps members and reiterated the need for people to show them love. Yesterday at exactly 11.35pm, a group of youth later discovered to be armed robbers invaded the NCCF (Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship) lodge at Ngwoaku Isuochi, Ummuneochi LGA of Abia state and carted away with cash, phones, laptops and other cadgets belonging to us. They didn’t stop there, they inflicted serious injury on us. Abia state and NYSC should do something because our live is not safe here. If not God, they would have killed us. We are here to serve them but some youths of the community are hostile and deadly. Is it a crime to serve the fatherland? God please fight for us because our voices are feeble. Please share until it gets to the authorities concern. See more photos from the attack after the cut..

Student Electrocuted At Rivers State University

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.

UNIOSUN is broke – Vice Chancellor cries out

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.

Labode-Popoola
Labode-Popoola

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

NYSC sacked 49 Corps Members In Osun

The Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps in Osun State, Mr. Emmanuel Attah has explained why 49 corps members were sent back to their parents from the orientation camp.‎

Attah said the affected workers were sacked from camp based on health.

He explained further that the decision was taken in order to prevent serious health issues, and even death of corps members while on camp.

Mr Attah stressed that NYSC places priority on the health and welfare of corps members, saying qualified medical personnel are fully on ground to attend to any health issue.

READ ALSO: Sultan against opening of NYSC orientation camps during Ramadan

“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.

Sultan against opening of NYSC orientation camps during Ramadan

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sultan of sokoto

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 two-day event was held between May 21 and 22.

READ ALSO: Fayose calls for increase in ‘alawee’

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.

NYSC to Begin Posting of Corps Members to Farms – DG

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.

National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator in Ogun,Gladys Mbachi (L) and Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, inspecting a quarter guard by corps members during the visit of the Director-General to NYSC camp at Sagamu in Ogun.

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.

NYSC: Fayose calls for increase in ‘alawee’

Fayose

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.