The Federal Government has finally fulfilled their promise after so many years to increase the NYSC monthly allowance
For an outstanding project and good performance during their service year five Rivers indigenes were honoured by Governor Wike.
Following a pre-election suit against the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, by a former senator, Iyabo Anisulowo, a Federal High Court in Abuja has said a candidate cannot be disqualified from an election for failure to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
Premium Times reports that the court dismissed Abiodun’s notice of preliminary objection and proceeded to deliver judgment on the substantive suit, citing that Abiodun did not present false academic claims to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), neither does the Electoral Act stipulate that a candidate who failed to participate in the NYSC scheme be disqualified from elections.
The presentation of the NYSC discharge certificate is a requirement for employment into the formal sector in Nigeria.
The court further stated that Abiodun has not breached Section 177 of the Constitution which enables a candidate contest for governorship if “he/she is a Nigerian by birth, is 35 and above, is a member of a political party and has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”
Just few weeks after I completed my NYSC. One of our family friend was urged to
Singer Davido getting into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) brought in these various opinions and questions from social media;
Davido go just go NYSC camp listen to all these Soldiers and Man o’ War parade songs, come back, add kiddominant mad beats and package them for us.
We go jam am.
— Mazi Ibe (@I_pissVodka) August 29, 2018
So NYSC knew they were going to sign Davido, that's why they want to increase allawee to N50,000. pic.twitter.com/Hn7t71R3Lf
— The Mac Nels (@Macnels) August 29, 2018
Davido is officially the richest corper in the history of NYSC.
Soon, his bank account should read 30,000,019,800. pic.twitter.com/fgVBFG3ebe
— Baba Ibeji (@Marapolsa) August 29, 2018
Just want to know if NYSC will give Davido Khaki that is as Fat as his bank account that he will go & slimfit it for N1500 @ Mami Market!!!
— KinG NomSo👑 (@ani_nomso) August 29, 2018
This NYSC ish is all publicity stunt for Davido's new single.
If you know, you know😆 pic.twitter.com/vlOmub8EPS
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) August 29, 2018
Davido has registered for NYSC and people are laughing. Wait till he comes out to run for election. E go do you like film trick
— Chief Obi (@Chief_Obi) August 29, 2018
So the Lesson I have learnt from this is that When you have plenty money and the right connections in this country called Nigeria, the rules are flexible. It can be broken anytime. I mean isn’t the 3 weeks orientation camp compulsory anymore? #davido #Nysc #Lagos #ThisisNigeria
— Anuoluwapo Ikotun (@Dara_ikotun) August 29, 2018
The board of NYSC has a lot of questions to answer, every year there is a always a report of corp members who go into the orientation camp loosing their life or a different case as a result to poor health facilities in the NYSC camp.
A recent incident happened in Kwara state, serving corp member in Kwara state identified as Eva who was undergoing the mandatory 3-week orientation at the Yikpata camp was reported dead. The deceased was a graduate of Oil & Gas Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt.
According to report, she was said to have slumped on the parade ground and was attended to at the camp’s health clinic, before she was referred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Sadly, she was confirmed dead at the hospital.
A report from the camp stated;
In view of the recent event(s) on camp, a few concerned corp members, myself inclusive approached the camp director and other officials to table some pressing issues, particularly on the sad demise of our fellow corp member, Ms Chukwu Eva.
Many events have happened within the short interval of the news, notably the rage among friends of the deceased and other corp members as well as an incident involving an embittered corp member at the camp clinic.
It is with the realization that a protest could loom and that many things would go haphazard, we went to the authority. We also approached them on the news that was spreading rapidly amongst us about a herdsman spotted with ammunition within the camp.
The camp director listened to our agitation that was a blend of fury, but with respect for constituted authority. He was visibly agitated too and gave us particular reasons why we lost dear Eva. She was said to have died of internal bleeding, queried to a cause I would keep a secret for respect to Eva. The bleeding was the cause of the edema(swelling) that Eva had in her limbs. Eva was confirmed dead at Ilorin(Teaching hospital) having been rushed there with an ambulance.
He noted that against previous years where only medical corp members managed the clinic, professionals from the general and teaching hospitals were attendant to her until she was referred.
It is so sad that we lost a potential leader, but we pray her soul rests in peace.
On the issue of the supposed herdsman, the director said it was a non-uniformed policeman parading with ammunition. Notwithstanding, he had called the commissioner of police as well as ensured deployment of 11 local vigilante who had gone round with ammunitions to check the camp. He noted they know the terrain of the camp well since they are indigenes. He also said the efforts would be in synchrony with that of the 97 military and paramilitary personnel in the camp.
Notably in his argument was the fact that the camp has received very little attention from the state government. Said Kwara camp is only better than Abia camp in the whole country. One reason why the governor hasn’t visited the camp. Sadly, all concerns tabled to the state government have remained futile to date.
We requested for leniency in how the security personnel treat us, and he had made a promise to that effect. However, fellow corp members, it is expedient that we take good care of ourselves. We should report to the camp clinic early to avoid disastrous outcomes. And we should do so in good faith and not pretence.
In 13 days time, we’re out of here. We shall remain strong without any casualty.
This report is unbiased and based on evidence.
Tony (Platoon 9)
Senate has struck out a bill seeking to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act to allow the uniforms worn by corps members to accommodate their religious beliefs.
If it was passed, female corps members would have been allowed to wear skirts and hijab.
Sponsor of the bill, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba-South), while leading the debate for the second reading at the plenary on Wednesday, said the proposed amendment sought to amend Sections 13 and 16 of the principal act.
He said the amendment was to “increase the penalty for the offences contained in the Act to make such fines reflect the present value of the naira.”
He also said the amendment was intended to “ensure that regulations made by the NYSC directorate prescribing uniforms and exercise regimen do not violate the religious practices and beliefs of corps members.”
Bwacha proposed that a new Sub-section 3 be inserted to Section 16 of the NYSC Act to read, “In exercising its powers under Sub-section 2(a) and (b) of this section, the directorate shall take into consideration the need to prescribe or adopt uniforms and exercise regimen or drills that do not violate the religious practices relating to modest dressing, and accordingly specify alternative uniforms and exercise regimen that conform to the religious dictates and conscience of corps members as recognised by the 1999 Constitution.”
Several senators who spoke on the bill however faulted its intention.
While the Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, asked why religious sentiments were being introduced to the dress code of the scheme, Senator Jeremiah Useni stated there was no need for the bill.