NYSC denied the allegation of defrauding injured ex-corper
The National Youth Service Corps on Sunday in Abuja denied the allegation of looting the N23.5m donation made to critically injured ex-corps members by its leaders.
Correspondent reports that the money was donated to the corps members under the NYSC Hope Alive Initiative, a public/private sector partnership scheme aimed at bringing assistance and support in times of hardship and distress to corps members who suffer permanent disabilities during service.At the 2014 NYSC President’s Honor Award, the Ibeto Group and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, promised N5m each to the victims while Heritage Bank pledged the beneficiaries N1.5m each, bringing the total donations to N23.5m.
The NYSC gave a breakdown that out of the three organizations that pledged to make monetary donation, only the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio fulfilled his promise of N5m to the nine injured members.The NYSC gave a breakdown that out of the three organizations that pledged to make monetary donation, only the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio fulfilled his promise of N5m to the nine injured members.The NYSC, in a statement maintained that the money had been shared among the nine ex-corps members and that the allegation was aimed at tarnishing the image of the NYSC.Disabling injuries can have a lot of effect on the future ambition of those who are unfortunate to suffer them but the society must have enough humanitarian and humane spirit to accommodate those effects by seeing that special provision is made for the purpose of empowering such people to still pursue their dreams and achieve their goals in life.
Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson B Olawunmi, explained that in the past, youth corps members,
who sustained injuries leading to permanent disabilities during their service, were subjected to post-service emotional and
psychological trauma as they were neglected by the same society they were mobilized to serve.