The Federal Government through the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has commiserated with the families of the three deceased corps members, who died in the on-going 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream I) Orientation Course across the country.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Minister disclosed that a panel of inquiry will be set up to ascertain the circumstances that led to the death of the corps members.
The statement reads in part:
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has commiserated with families of the three NYSC 2016 Batch B Corps members who died at three orientation camps last week.
“26-year-old Oladapo Ifedolapo Racheal (Osun) with state code KN/16B/1847 died in Gwarzo General Hospital (in Kano) following complications arising from an ailment few days into the orientation programme. Asuquo Monday Ukeme (Akwa Ibom) with state code ZM/16B/1780 passed on at the Federal Medical Centre Gusau in Zamfara while 27-year-old Elechi Nwanenda Chinyerum (Rivers) with state code BY/16B/1300 died at the Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital Yenegoa.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung decried the death of these deceased corps members, describing it as tragic and shocking.
“We received the news of the death of the young Nigerians who were mobilized to National Service in three states for NYSC.
“Details of the circumstances leading to their untimely death simultaneously are not yet available to my office but the unfortunate and sad news of their demise is indeed devastating as these young people were our hope for the future. They are national heroes who died in national service of their fatherland.
“On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we commiserate with the bereaved families and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
Meanwhile, the Youth Ministry is to set up an inquiry to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the young corps members while a comprehensive review of the health facilities in the orientation camp nationwide will be embarked upon.
Barrister Dalung said that a thorough investigation and inquiry will be put in place to ascertain whether the young Nigerians died due to negligence or natural causes.
While assuring Nigerians that government will avail the country with the circumstances that led to their death, the Minister appealed to Nigerians and other corps members to be calm at this moment of grief while focusing on their national duty as efforts are being put in place to guarantee their comfort and safety.