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Delta Corper Who Survived Lassa Fever, Passes Out (Photo)

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It was jubilation galore at the Cenotaph, Asaba, venue of the passing out ceremonies of the Batch ‘A’ National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as the corp member stricken by Lassa Fever passed out with the 3,011 others. 

Olayinka Emmanuel, a corps member serving in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, capital of Delta State, had tested positive to the dreaded Lassa fever epidemic. 

He was reportedly down with high body temperature at his lodge in Asaba and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba by his colleagues, where he diagnosed of Lassa Fever and administered first aid before referred to the Emergency Unit of the Specialist Hospital, Irrua, in Edo state in February. Rumour had spread over the town that Yinka died of the disease as he took time from his place of primary assignment to recuperate. 

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But on Thursday, Emmanuel Olayinka emerged on the parade ground donned in his complete NYSC kit sharing pleasantries with his colleagues, saying, “here I am, I am alive.” 

Flanked by the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Olutayo Samuel, Yinka in a rather philosophical tone told Daily Trust that since the rumour went off like wild fire whereas he is alive, it would turn out to become a fortune of long life and prosperity for him. 

“I give all thanks to God for keeping me alive, even though rumour spread that I was dead. All glory to God that now I am better and in perfect health. I want to thank the state NYSC Coordinator, the CMD of FMC Asaba, the CMD of Irrua Specialist Hospital and my fellow corpers who rushed me immediately to FMC”, he said. 

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Delta State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Olutayo Samuel, who danced with evident joy, glorified God for sparing Yinka’s life and the rest of 3,010 colleagues. She however regretted that a total number of 52 corps members who defaulted during the service year will face sanctions ranging between two weeks and six months extension of service.

She stressed that the remarkable achievements of corps members through their Community Development Services (CDS) in the areas of healthcare delivery, massive awareness campaign against the deadly lassa-fever, Coronavirus and HIV/AIDS disease was an eloquent testimony of their meaningful contributions.

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed plans to take the war on drugs to Nigeria’s tertiary institutions in its bid to bring an end to the incessant abuse of hard drugs and narcotic substances in Nigerian Universities.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA Brigadier-General Muhammad Buba Marwa made the disclosure when the Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja last Thursday.

Marwa said reports reaching him on the use and abuse of hard substances by students in Nigerian Universities is very disturbing and if left unchecked, the youths who form a majority of the Nigerian population will have no future.

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He commended the Management of the University for the giant strides they are making, describing the University as a worthy partner in progress.

NDLEA sets to take drug war to universities

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Professor Haruna Kuje Ayuba informed the Chairman that they were in his office as an academic community to invite him to serve as a Special Guest of Honor and Speaker at the forthcoming 3rd International Conference on Communication and Development in Africa to be hosted by the Institute of Strategic Development Communication ISDEVCOM scheduled to hold on 28th October 2021.

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Ayuba lauded the strategic role and great impact the NDLEA has recorded under the watch of General Buba to include the seizure of over 8,268 kgs of cocaine and assorted drugs across 7 states of the federation, amongst other outstanding achievements.

Accompanying the Vice-Chancellor on the visit were the Directors of the Institute of Governance and Developmental Studies, Prof. Andrew Zamani, Linkages and International Corporation, Dr. K’tso Ngarhbu, Centre for Gender Studies, Dr Hauwa Mainoma, and the Chairman and members of the planning committee led by Mr. Uzoma Onyegbadue.

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NYSC sports, cultural festival promote national unity, devt – Official Festival

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The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), says it has initiated the annual Sports and Cultural Festival to harness the potentials of the youths towards sustainable national development.

Alhaji Baba Ladan, Director, NYSC North-East Area Office, stated this at the inauguration of the Zonal Preliminaries of the 2021 NYSC annual Sports and Cultural Festival, on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Ladan, represented by Hajiya Salamatu Muhammed, Deputy Director, NYSC North-East, said the competition was adesigned to explore talents in dance, drama and sports.

This, he said, is to further entrench the objectives of the scheme towards promoting national unity.

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“The scheme seeks to provide an avenue for further interactions among corps members of diverse background, irrespective of our ethnic and religious differences, we can lift our country higher through our shared values, spirit of patriotism and collective will,

“I implore you to adhere strictly to the rules of the festival. You are to also conduct yourselves peacefully throughout the period.

“You should all imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by not taking the competition as a do or die affair but a platform to showcase your talents.

“To the referees, umpires and judges of dance, drama and standout comedy, I urge you to please display professionalism and fairness in officiating the competition,” he said.

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NYSC sports, cultural festival promote national unity, devt – Official Festival

The director further urged members of the public to support the scheme to achieve the set objectives of the festival by harnessing the potentials of the talented youths.

Earlier, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar, the state coordinator of the scheme, congratulated the corps members for representing their respective states, and advised them to shun night traveling.

States participating in the competing in Bauchi Zone include Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Taraba and Yobe.

Borno state was given a walk over against Jigawa in both football and volleyball competitions for its absent at the festival.

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Gombe state would be locking horns with Adamawa while Taraba would face Yobe in football and volleyball games.

Other competitions ares track events (athletics), dance, drama as well as comedy.

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Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

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Politicians in Nigeria, experts in different parts of the world, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector will participate in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

‘’St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe has made great achievements in the past 70 years. Therefore, Saturday, October 16, 2021 is a day of celebrating SPCC’s past, recognizing individuals who have made remarkable contributions and sharing old memories’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe by the Chairman of SPCC 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri said.

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The statement announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

Global experts, Politicians, others set for SPCC 70TH Anniversary

The statement listed the building of a proper college gate, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as major projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

’SPCC development stories have set an example for other associations in Delta State’’.

The statement emphasized the achievements and contributions that the Old Boys Association made in the past.

It pointed out that the Old Boys Association in the immediate past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library,

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