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NYSC swears in 999 corps members, seeks Abia camp renovation




The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday swore in 999 corps members of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 set, deployed to Abia for the one-year mandatory national service.

The State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs Ufuoma Dickson-Iruenabere, made this known during the swearing-in ceremony at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Umunna, Bende Local Government Area.

She said that the corps members comprised 396 males and 603 females, adding that registration was still ongoing.

The state coordinator told the corps members that the orientation programme provided a veritable platform and opportunity for them to promote and sustain national unity and integration.

Dickson-Iruenabere appealed to the state government for an urgent intervention in renovating and upgrading the facilities in the camp, secretariat and the State Coordinator’s residence.
She said: “The orientation camp which was constructed in 2006 and handed over to NYSC in 2007 has been severely affected by gully erosion.

“This has damaged some of the camp’s facilities, including the parade ground, male hostel, and staff quarters.

“The resultant effect is the loss of valuable camp space, cracks in some of the walls of the buildings, and also presents a huge risk to the safety and well-being of corps members during orientation programmes.”

Declaring the orientation programme open, Gov. Alex Otti urged the corps members to use the opportunity of their deployment to the state to improve on themselves.

Otti, represented by Dr Temple Nwosu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, commended the NYSC management for the reinvigoration of the skills acquisition training for corps members.

The governor also lauded the scheme for the introduction of martial art for self defence in the orientation course amongst others.

The oath of allegiance was administered by Chief Judge of Abia, Justice Lilian Abai, represented by Justice Eleazer Enwereji.


LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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NGO takes free medical outreach to Plateau community



GDG Wellness Initiative, an NGO, on Saturday offered free medical services to no fewer than 400 indigent persons in Gyel community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr Gyang Dung-Gyang, founder of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exercise was his little way of giving back to the society that made him.

He said that he was spurred by the plight of the people and the urgent need to reach out to them, in view of the current economic realities and its implications on their health.

Dung-Gyang said that he had been organising such outreaches annually, adding that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy had made this year’s outing unique.

“It’s my heart desire and passion to reach out to the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

“And it’s not just this, we have been able to give scholarship to some students, with some already graduates.

“Today, we have planned to treat a minimum of 400 persons but from the way it is going, it may exceed that number,” he stated.

The outreach Team Lead, Mr Pam Chong, listed some of the medical services to include testing and treatment of patients for aliments such as malaria, hepatitis B & C, high blood pressure, diabetes among others.

Chong, a pharmacist, told NAN that the medical team comprised of doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists.
He said cases that they were unable to handle would be referred to hospitals that could handle them.

The team lead said that they have sufficient drugs to treat over 400 patients.

Mr Ishaya Pam, Vice President, Gyel Development Association of Jos South LGA, lauded GDG Wellness for the gesture, which he believed would improve the health and wellbeing of the people.
Pam prayed God to bless the organisers of the outreach to continue to impact the lives of the less privileged.

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