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The new Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, has pledged to improve security, welfare of youth corps members and staff to engender optimal service delivery to the nation.

He made the pledge on Monday in Abuja at the official handover of the baton of office to him by the out-gone acting Director-General, Mrs Christy Uba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmed takes over as the 22nd director-general of the scheme.

Ahmed also said that his administration would focus on providing an enabling environment for research and development
for the advancement of the scheme.

He added that “strengthening stakeholders’ engagement for the promotion of the frontiers of the scheme,
enhancement of capacity building to stimulate efficiency and higher corporate performance are areas of focus.

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“Also, deepening the impact of the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.

“I, therefore, solicit the cooperation of members of staff and stakeholders to enable us to move the scheme to higher level of achievements.

“I assure you that I will not only sustain the high tempo but collectively, we will take the scheme to greater heights.’’

Ahmed also assured that the NYSC would always make the country proud, adding that participation in national assignments would be exemplary.

Born in Katarko, Kaduna State, the new NYSC boss obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (History) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He started his career in the Nigerian Army Education Corps as a lieutenant on July 5, 1997 and held several positions.

Uba, the outgone acting director-general, assured Ahmed of staff and management’s cooperation to enable him to succeed.

She said “we are conscious of the tasking nature of the NYSC operations.

“However, our experiences, loyalty and love for the job will always be brought to bear in surmounting challenges, as well as
ensuring success in all undertakings.

“It is gratifying to note that you are in a familiar terrain, having served as military assistant to former director-general of the scheme.

“I am confident that the experience gained in your previous assignment here, and the cordial relationship already
established with members of staff will facilitate your success as you steer the affairs of this noble organisation.

“It is my prayer that the almighty God guides and protects you as you step in for this important national assignment.”

NAN reports that Uba, the Director, Information and Communications Technology, took over as acting director-general on Nov. 22, 2022.

This was after the removal of Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, six months after he assumed office.

Uba made history as the first female director-general of the scheme since its establishment 50 years ago. 

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Federal Government Lodges Complaint Against Daily Trust with NMCC Over Samoa Agreement Report

The Federal Government has filed a complaint against Daily Trust Newspapers with the National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC), also known as the Ombudsman, regarding a story on the Samoa agreement.

On Sunday, the NMCC confirmed receipt of the government’s complaint and stated that an investigation had begun. The statement was signed by Mr. Emeka Izeze, Chairman, and Mr. Feyi Smith, interim secretary of the NMCC.

The federal government’s complaint, dated July 8, was signed by Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, on behalf of Minister Mohammed Idris.

The government alleged that Daily Trust published an article on July 4, 2024, titled “LGBT: Nigeria Signs $150 Billion Samoa Deal,” containing false and misleading information that poses a severe threat to national security.

According to the complaint, the report claimed that the government had endorsed a European Union (EU) partnership agreement, referred to as the “Samoa Agreement,” with member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS). The article suggested that the agreement included clauses compelling nations to support LGBTQ community recognition.

The government described the report as “false and misleading” and stated that it had resulted in hate speech, threats, intimidation, and cyberbullying directed at individuals and government officials across social media.

The federal government has requested the NMCC to thoroughly investigate the alleged misleading publication. It has also asked the commission to direct the newspaper’s management to publicly retract and correct the false information with equal prominence as the original article and issue an unequivocal apology. Additionally, the government urged the implementation of stricter editorial guidelines to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The NMCC acknowledged the complaint with a letter dated July 10, signed by Interim Secretary Mr. Feyi Smith, informing the ministry that the complaint was under review. The commission assured that the outcome would be communicated to the government and that the management of Daily Trust would be contacted for their response.

“As an independent media regulatory body, it is our duty to promote media adherence to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct while ensuring the media operate in a free and unfettered environment,” the NMCC stated.

The commission emphasized that its investigation would be thorough and impartial, with full cooperation from all parties involved. Transparency throughout the process was also pledged.

The National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC) is an independent, multi-stakeholder co-regulatory body established by the Nigerian Press Organisations (NPO), including the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). It collaborates with the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to resolve complaints about the press while maintaining high standards of journalism practice, ethics, and defending press freedom and the public’s right to know.

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Family Narrowly Escapes as Building Collapses in Lagos

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) announced on Sunday that a family narrowly escaped death when their house on the outskirts of Lagos collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency’s Permanent Secretary, stated that the incident occurred around Adealu Bus-stop in the Ipaja area. LASEMA responded to a distress call received through the 767 and 112 emergency toll-free lines at 10:44 PM on Saturday, July 13.

“The building collapsed at No. 49, Oyinlola Street, off Adealu Bus-stop, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. Upon arrival at the scene, investigations revealed that it was the boys’ quarters behind the storey-building that collapsed,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Fortunately, the single family involved managed to escape before the collapse. There were no casualties or fatalities.”

Further investigations indicated that neglect and poor maintenance led to the collapse of the boys’ quarters. The agency’s response team conducted public awareness sessions to inform residents about the dangers of remaining in the compromised structure.

“The main building, which consists of nine rooms downstairs and two flats upstairs, has been cordoned off. All occupants have been advised to vacate the building immediately for their safety,” Oke-Osanyintolu added.

He recommended a manual demolition of the remaining structure and clearing of debris from the collapsed boys’ quarters. Additionally, integrity tests by the Material Testing Laboratory have been suggested to assess the safety of the main building.

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Kaduna Police Ban Unlawful Gatherings, Ashura Procession

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced a ban on all forms of unlawful gatherings by the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including its planned Ashura procession.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, issued the ban in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna. Hassan stated, “The command has banned every manner of illegal protest in the state.”

This decision follows intelligence reports indicating that the IMN, also known as Shi’ites, plans to hold a procession to mark the 2024 Islamic Ashura day ceremony. Hassan highlighted the violent history associated with these processions, stating, “The said ritual practice has in the recent past been characterized by unimaginable violence leading to the destruction of properties, injuries to persons, and even loss of lives.”

In response, the police command has issued a stern warning to IMN members to abandon their plans for the procession. Hassan emphasized that the command would enforce the law against any individuals or groups, particularly the outlawed IMN, who attempt to defy the ban.

Commissioner of Police for Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Dabigi, reassured law-abiding citizens to continue their activities without fear. He stressed that the state’s hard-earned relative peace would not be compromised by the actions of a few ‘renegades’.

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