Following the recent death of three corps members, the Senate has called on the Federal Government to overhaul and re-position the NYSC scheme in the interest of corps members.
The Senators in plenary made the resolution while reviewing the death of corps members – Miss Oladepo, Miss Elechi Chiyerom and Mr. Ukeme Asuquo in orientation camps in Kano, Zamfara and Bayelsa.
The Lawmakers called for steps to be taken for the total overhaul of NYSC scheme, stressing that the state of orientation camps across the country was unfit for human habitation.
Apart from totally overhauling the NYSC scheme, the Senate urged the government to immediately improve medical facilities in all NYSC orientation camps including deploying experienced medical personnel in the camps.
Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development were further mandated to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the three corps members in order to prevent future occurrence.
Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, (Osun Central) said the deaths of the corps members at the NYSC camps was pathetic.
“The death of corps members is becoming a recurrent decimal in almost all NYSC Camps across the country. Experienced medical personnel are practically non-existent in all our Orientation Camps across the country as fresh doctors who have not garnered any experience are the ones administering treatments to corps members.
“Medical facilities at most Orientation Camps leave a lot to be desired as one of the deceased, Ifedolapo called home five hours to her death and told her sister, Mrs. Oyeyode Abimbola (a nurse) to start coming to her Kano Orientation Camp, alleging poor care at the NYSC camp.
“(It is a shame that) An Orientation Camp that houses over 3,000 corps members cannot boast of modern facilities to cater for the needs of corps members while undergoing the mandatory Orientation Programme.”
In the same vein, Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) described the death of the corps members as a sad development.
Senator Binta Garba (Adamawa North) added that it is time for the NYSC as an agency of government to be overhauled.
Senate President Bukola Saraki further underscored the need to address the issue of health services in NYSC orientation camps, adding that funds to address the issue of health services in NYSC camps should be captured in the 2017 budget.