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It’s quite disheartening to know that our leaders cannot come up with suitable policies that would make the National Youth Service Corps scheme safer and more beneficial to the thousands of graduates that turn up for the programme every year. They spend time making debates on the scheme regularly but hardly come up with reforms that would enhance its credibility, making more and more Nigerians averse to the scheme.

Three weeks ago, the Minister of Youth Development, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullai said that the Ministry had directed that from next year 2013, corps members would be posted to rural areas only with no provision for redeployment.

Just when prospective corps members are still digesting that information with obvious difficulty, the Senate on Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 rejected a bill seeking to amend the Act establishing the National Youth Service Corps. The bill sought to prohibit the posting of corps members to states where there are conflicts; sought an increase to corps members allowances and provided for the evacuation of corps members in conflict areas, making it the sole responsibility of the state governments.

The bill was however opposed on the grounds that the amendments sought could be effected by administrative means and subsequently rejected. But we all know how hard it is for the necessary changes to be made by administrative means if a legislation has not been passed to that effect in our dear country.

As prospective corps members and their families grapple with this news, we pray for wisdom for our leaders to make the right decisions that would affect our lives positively.

Here is a recap of some of the events that made headlines this week:

 

The Lagos State Government through one of its agencies – the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), over the weekend shut down some churches in Lagos over what the government termed ‘Noise Pollution’. The churches affected include – The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Ministry, Surulere; Bible Church, Festac; The Chapter of Christ Church, Ikeja; Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba; Assemblies of God, Ikeja; The Golden Gate Church, Ifako Ijaiye. The government says they are determined to reduce noise pollution in Lagos State, so more churches will be shut down.
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No fewer than 30 people were killed on Monday February 20th, 2012 in Maiduguri when suspected members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, opened fire and set off bombs at Baga Fish market in the metropolis. Eight of the sect members were, however, killed in a gun duel with the Joint Task Force. According to AFP report, traders at the market reported that gunmen believed to be members of the Islamic sect stormed the market and opened fire indiscriminately killing many of them, including women and children.

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The Kwara State Police Command arrested a 30-year-old mother, Yemisi Fagbemi, for allegedly parading herself as a Police Inspector. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Dabo Ezekiel, said on Tuesday 21st February, 2012 that the suspect was arrested in a police uniform by another policewoman. She had allegedly swindled an electronic dealer of one 37-inch Plasma TV, laptop and refrigerator among others with promise to pay in installments.

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Police discovered the body of a 79-year-old Christian woman killed in northeast Nigeria, with a note in Arabic left on her chest reading: “We will get you soon”, a witness said. The dead woman was identified as Shetu Haruna Malgwi, a Christian living in Maiduguri. Assailants apparently attacked Malgwi on Wednesday, February 22nd 2012. Her killers slit the woman’s throat, then wrote a note with red pen they left on her chest.

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A bomb suspected to have been planted by members of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, was discovered at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located on Church Road, Minna in Niger state, by members who attended the Ash Wednesday mass on February 22nd, 2012. On Christmas day last year, Boko Haram bombs killed 44 parishioners at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, also in Niger state.

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Zakari Biu, a Commissioner of Police in charge of investigations of terrorism activities at Wuse, Zone 7 Command of the Nigeria Police, Abuja was sacked on Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 over the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, a member of Boko Haram sect suspected of being behind the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madala, Niger State. The attack led to the death of about 44 people and injuries to scores of others.

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Gunmen suspected to be members of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, on Thursday February 23rd, 2012 killed four policemen and injured another two near the house of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. In Minna, Niger State, some gunmen suspected to be members of the sect similarly killed two policemen.

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A primary school in Maiduguri was set on fire on Thursday February 23rd, 2012. This comes in the same week in which another non-denominational school was attacked in the Kolumgna suburb of the North-Eastern state of Nigeria. According to reports, it bears the hallmark of an attack by the Islamist Boko Haram group, which has recently threatened to attack non-Islamic schools. The gunmen then prevented residents living nearby in the suburb of Budum from putting out the blaze.

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The Supreme Court on Friday, February 24th sacked Governor Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari of Kebbi state from office. His removal was sequel to an appeal that was lodged before the apex court by the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and its candidate in the April 26, 2011,Governorship election in the state, Malam Abubakar Abubakar. In their unanimous judgment, a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court ordered the Independent National ElectoralCommission, INEC, to conduct fresh election in the state within 90 days.

So how do you feel about what happened in the country this week? What other stuff happened that you would like to share?

Have a great weekend!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

32 Comments

  1. lol

    February 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    have a great week with this kind of new ahhh…it is well with nigeria!!! AMEN!

  2. pinnacle

    February 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    1st!!!!!!!!!

  3. Abeni Ebony

    February 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    My Lord & Savior, redeeming God, Have mercy on your people as we press towards the mark of the high calling….We continue to pray for Nigeria…

  4. bubu

    February 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    woah…that NYSC bill is harsh o!gosh thank God i’m serving in november dis yr o!

  5. pinnacle

    February 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    So much chaos in the country.We pray for wisdom for our leaders.We need peace.

  6. oyin

    February 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    see everywhere is dry, we BN fans are not Nigerian news friendly, but am particularly sad about the burning of schools story.
    Now this radical blood thirsty humans are targeting children.
    Pathetic!!!

  7. kcee

    February 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    What they should do concerning NYSC is to ensure that all corpers work in a Government establishment whether in the village or the city, and not just restricting every body in the rural areas as most of them will end up not finding anything that will engage them.

  8. rogotigi

    February 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    The most pathetic thing about this post is that there’s no single good news 🙁
    May the Lord have mercy on Nigeria…some of us dnt bother looking out 4 9ja news becuz its alwyz d same sad stories!!!

  9. spicy

    February 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    oh i’m so livid right now!!!are you f**king kidding me???seriously???would any of this idiots send their kids to places where they could potentially be killed??trust me their kids are studying abroad and when they do come back for their nyse,mummy and daddy has enough powers to guarantee their safety….i’m throughly convinced that we are being governed by animals…lately i’ve seriously been rethinking moving back home mayne!

  10. obi-talk

    February 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    NYSC, NYSC, why???!!!!!!!!! this is just not right.

  11. Turn turn turner

    February 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Sigh…surely we can come out of this mess, can’t we?

    Gosh, it’s all so disheartening 🙁

  12. Creamy

    February 25, 2012 at 4:22 am

    NO ONE HAS FOUGH AGAINST THE CHURCH OF GOD AND WON,boko haram take note. May the peace of the Lord be with Nigeria and Nigerians.

  13. madman

    February 25, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Is praying for our leaders, all that we can do ? really > In 2012 when activists and other young people in various parts of the world, are voting out irresponsible folks.

  14. Yaba

    February 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Shutting down churches now? Lol! This Lagos State Government people are really showing themselves o

  15. Sam

    February 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

    The best thing is for NYSC to be scrapped. Period!

  16. Rivers pikin

    February 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I wonder why anyone would be impersonating a police officer. Yuk!

    • madman

      February 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      LOOOOOOL – you can receive bribe na

  17. Jude

    February 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

    So a police boss helped the Boko Haram guy escape. WHAAAAAT! How can we then trust them this time around. They shouldn’t have sacked him alone, they should have thrown him in prison too.

  18. Nini

    February 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Sacking state Governors is not the solution to anything

  19. dessy

    February 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I totally agree with shutting down of churches. The noise is just too much. Some mosques shld be shut down as well.

  20. RMD

    February 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

    What is it with closing down churches? That is not the only solution to noise pollution in Lagos. What about the thousands of generators that block our ears everyday with their noise. They should come and sieze my neighbour’s generator. He lives in the flat above me and we hardly ever have light. He has two noisy generators that he uses 24/7

  21. UsaveOne

    February 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Why would those killers cut ope the poor woman’s throat?
    Why would NYSC members not be redeployed especially for those posted to the Boko Haram territory?
    Why all these insensitivity in our Political looters?
    Check..
    http://usaveone.blogspot.com/

  22. Ib

    February 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Ah Nigeria my Nigeria….smh

  23. sarah

    February 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    NYSC is a weist

  24. sarah

    February 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Now they are burning their own schools. How ignorant can people get?

  25. today

    February 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Lol at impersonating a police officer.

  26. jmayaki

    February 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    seriously this is no longer funny. boko haram is every day news now. its gradually becoming a norm. we v a completely useless chicken hearted president that has left us in the mercy of these idiots. people are dying every day and till date, not one person has been apprehended|? i mean like one? they keep wastin all our resources on security? are still protecting us or them selves? i mean ow does a culprit ‘escape’ from police “cell” ? serioulsy????????????? and they have the guts to put that on national news? what exactly do these people take us for? the end to all of these, i see, would nt be pleasant. nigerians r no longer laid back pple we used to be like 5 to 6 yrs ago. occupy nigeria has proven that. God save us!

    • jacob

      February 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Amen1

  27. sugaplum

    February 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Only God knows wr our country is heading, it’s jst so pathetic the kind of things we hear in the news these days. Most annoying, no serious action has been taken against this BH menace, and we have a so called president?????? Really really appalling.

  28. adaku mberi

    February 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  29. love

    February 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.

  30. ng

    February 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Lagos State Government hear ye th, hear ye! Nobody can fight God and stand! LASEPA sounds more like leprosy. It will eat into the fabrics of the system in no time. Besides, what happened to all those mosques with their annoying jingles called wake up calls. I really hope the Lagos State government has shut all of them down? Or what are you saying to your people here, O government? Has Boko Haram also infiltrated your bed rooms? Wahala dey O!

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