Ex-Minister Involved In Messy NYSC Certificate Scandal + 11 Babies Perish In Tragic Hospital Fire

Stella Oduah has no NYSC certificate — DG NYSC
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has said that a former Aviation Minister and Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah does not have an NYSC certificate.

In a reply to the request by the Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders, seeking to validate the claim by the Senator that she lost her NYSC certificate, the Director-General of the service said that even though Oduah was mobilized for national service in 1982/83 service year and was deployed to Lagos State, she absconded after the orientation and never completed the service.
“The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service,” the DG wrote in the letter that was signed on his behalf by Eddy Megwa.

The letter, dated May 24, 2022, with reference number NYSC/DHQ/PPRU/783/ VILIII, was obtained by our correspondent.
Recall that in 2014, Oduah was deposed to an affidavit and obtained a police extract where she stated that sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili in Ogboru LGA, Anambra State to Abuja she discovered that some of her personal belongings were missing.

The affidavit, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent reads in part, “That sometime in 2010 while in transit from Akili Ozizor in Ogbaru LGA t Abuja I discovered that my personal belongings were missing.
That the missing documents are the originals of my West African School Certificate of 1978 from Zixton Secondary School Ozubulu, First School Leaving Certificate from St. John Odoakpu Onitsha, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Certificate 1982 from St Paul’s College Lawrenceville Virginia USA, National Youth Service Corps Certificate 1983, National Identity Card, United States of America Social Security Card with the number on it.“That all efforts are to trace the missing documents proved abortive.”
Recall also that Concerned Anambra North Peoples Democratic Party Stakeholders had written the NYSC’s Director-General to issue them with a certified true copy of the certificate of national service with the Youth Service Corps issued to Stella Oduah in 1982/83.
The NYSC has by the letter confirmed that Oduah served as minister in breach of the nation’s extant law barring anyone who fails to do the national service after acquiring the necessary educational level should not be employed by the government and should also not be allowed to hold public offices.
Source: Vanguard

Eleven newborn babies killed in hospital fire in Senegal
Eleven newborn babies have died in a hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal, the president of the country said late Wednesday May 25.
President Macky Sall announced on Twitter that 11 infants had died in the fire at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital.

“I have just learned with pain and dismay about the deaths of 11 newborn babies in the fire at the neonatal department of the public hospital,” he tweeted.
“To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy,” Sall added.
The tragedy was caused by “a short circuit”, according to Senegalese politician Diop Sy.
“The fire spread very quickly,” he said.

The city’s mayor Demba Diop said “three babies were saved”.
According to local media, the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was newly inaugurated.
Health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva attending a meeting with the World Health Organization, said he would return to Senegal immediately.
“This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful,” he said on radio. “An investigation is under way to see what happened.”
The tragedy also follows a national outcry over the death of a woman in labour, Astou Sokhna, who died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean during her 20-hour labour ordeal. Her unborn child also died.
Source: LIB