Baby boom in Oyo State camp:
From YINKA FABOWALE, Ibadan
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The hands of officials and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo State are full and busy as 40 female corps members among a total of 2,423 deployed to the state for the 2011 Batch ‘A’ Orientation were delivered of babies in camp in the last three weeks.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Gabriel Ibe, announced the unprecedented baby boom yesterday during the passing-out ceremony for the serving corps members at the orientation camp in Iseyin.
He said all the nursing mothers, who had put to bed safely, “had initially been accepted for registration in the Batch ‘A’ in line with the policy shift of the scheme.” He, however, remarked that “all these newly-delivered nursing mothers had been sent home to their families after their registration.”
Ibe saidd the three-week orientation exercise had been carefully packaged with a view to exposing corps members to the ideals of patriotic and selfless service thereby preparing them for the challenges ahead during the service year. Apart from this, the participants were exposed to a two-day extensive training by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “preparatory to the April general elections where they are to undergo their first test of national service.”
While stressing the need for a free and fair election in the country, Ibe called on politicians in the state not to engage in any unwholesome act that could drag the name of the NYSC in the state into their guaqmire.
The NYSC State Coordinator declared: “May I use this opportunity to call on the politicians to leave the corps members out of the muddy politics of Oyo State.”