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 Rachael (Osun) with state code KN/16B/1847 died in Gwarzo General Hospital following complications arising from an ailment few days into the orientation Programme.
Asuquo Monday Ukeme (Akwa Ibom) with state code ZM/16B/1780 passed at the Federal Medical Centre Gusau in Zamfara while 27 year-old Elechi Chinyerum (Rivers) with state code BY/16B/1300 died at the Diete-Koki Memorial Hospital Yenagoa.
“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,” the minister was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide.
Meanwhile, the Youth Ministry is to set up an enquiry to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the young Corp 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.