We did not introduce Sharia in FCT orientation camp – NYSC slams media report

The NYSC has denied a media report that it introduced Sharia practice in its FCT orientation camp

– The scheme pointed out that it runs a uniform prototype in all its camps, and stated that it takes the allegation very seriously

– The NYSC also said there is freedom of worship for both Muslim and Christian corps members in all camps, and that there is no restriction of socialization between male and female corps members

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied reports by a certain national daily, that it introduced Sharia practices in the administration of the FCT orientation camp, Vanguard reports.

According to the aforementioned report, Sharia practice had been introduced in the camp by the newly-appointed FCT Coordinator, Mallam Bello Balama. The publication reportedly claimed that Balama introduced the practice because he said “it is sinful for him as Muslim to head a camp where alcohol is sold.”

We learnt that in a statement issued by its National Spokesman, Mrs Aderemi Adenike, the NYSC pointed out that it runs a prototype policy in all its orientation camps across the country, and insisted that the report was false.

The statement read: “The attention of the management of National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a publication of the Authority Newspaper of Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 captioned; ‘‘NYSC Introduces Sharia in FCT Camp’’.

“The writer in the publication claimed that the NYSC scheme in FCT camp Kubwa has introduced Sharia practices including the banning of sales of alcoholic drinks and non-socialization of male and female corps members.

“The NYSC management views this allegation very seriously and wishes to state that there is nothing like introduction of sharia practice in any NYSC orientation camp including the FCT camp.

“However, management wishes to state that the scheme runs a prototype policy in all NYSC orientation camps Nationwide. The camps are coordinated with a uniform timetable. There is also freedom of worship for both Muslim and Christian corps members.

“On the issue of restriction of socialization of male and female corps members, this again negates the whole essence of the scheme as it is not possible for any camp management to stop the social integration of corps members in an orientation camp.

“For the avoidance of doubt, corps members are grouped into platoons; and it comprises both male and female, and they carry out all camp activities together.

“The general public and especially serving corps members should disregard the issue of introduction of Sharia in FCT or any other orientation camp nationwide.”

Meanwhile, We previously reported that the director general of the NYSC, Sulaiman Kazaure, said the increase in corps members monthly allowance would be determined by the new national minimum wage, “when it takes effect”.

He made the disclosure during a chat with newsmen on Monday, April 23, after the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ corps members at the NYSC orientation camp in Kusalla, Karaye local government area of Kano state.

The DG noted that the N18,800 paid to corps members during their service year, is grossly inadequate to cater for their needs.