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23 July 2015

NYSC bars pregnant women, nursing mothers, PG students from service.

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has barred
pregnant women, nursing mothers and students
engaged in postgraduate studies from enlisting in the
national service across the country, until they are
free to participate effectively.
Rising from a two-day pre-mobilisation workshop for
the 2015 Batch "B" NYSC programme, held in Kaduna,
Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson
Olawumi, stated that the exemption of pregnant
women and nursing mothers, as well as post-
graduate students from national service was because
they would not be able to undergo the four cardinal
programmes of the NYSC.
The four cardinal programmes include mobilisation,
orientation, primary assignment and winding-up
passing out parade.

In a communique, the NYSC also resolved that
henceforth, pregnant women and children would no
longer be allowed into orientation camps across the
country for service under the scheme established by
the Gen. Yakubu Gowon administration in 1973.
Arguing that prospective corps members must go
through the four stages of national service to qualify
to receive certificate of national service, Olawumi
faulted a situation whereby prospective corps
members, especially pregnant women and nursing
mothers, would be absent from the stages of the
national service, only to resurface for posting to their
various places of primary assignments.
Meanwhile, the resolution workshop tagged: "ICT and
NYSC Mobilization Process: Towards Eliminating
Identified Challenges," added that henceforth,
documents for concessional posting request on
marital or health grounds would be forwarded on-
line as against the old practice of "bringing such to
the NYSC headquarters in Abuja."
It noted that prospective corps members would
henceforth be given the opportunity to choose their
choice outside their socio-cultural and linguistic
areas, using ICT solution.
This, according to the NYSC, is in a bid to tackle the
problems of deluge of concessional request with
which the scheme is inundated with regularly.

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