Reps to investigate death of corps member

Reps to investigate death of corps member

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:05 pm


Rachael Oladepo

Rachael Oladepo

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate the death of Miss Rachael Oladepo, a corps member, at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Kano.

This followed a motion by Rep. Olufemi Fakeye (Osun-Osun) which was unanimously adopted by members through voice vote.

Moving the motion, Fakeye expressed concern over media reports last week on her death at Kano NYSC orientation camp.

He said that Oladepo was aged 26 and was a first class graduate in Aviation Transport Management of Ladoke

Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, and a native of Osun State.

According to Fakeye, Oladepo became sick few days after she reported at the orientation camp on Friday, Nov. 25, and reported her condition to the camp authorities who thought she was feigning sickness.

The lawmaker informed the House that late Oladepo was admitted at the camp clinic under the supervision of an

NYSC doctor supported by NYSC nurses.

Fakeye expressed concern that the camp clinic might not have been adequately equipped as Oladepo was reportedly given some “placebo” and later injection with some substance which worsened her condition.

He said that because Oladepo’s medical condition did not improve many hours after at the clinic, she was belatedly evacuated to another hospital where she reportedly died.

The Leader of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, said that “this is one, but too many deaths that should not be overlooked”

He said that all those involved in the negligence including the Director General should appear before the Committees on Healthcare Services, Youths Development and Justice.

Gbajebiamila said that the NYSC should work with states governments to provide better health care services in all the camps in the 36 states and which must be provided for in the 2017 budget.

The house resolved that health insurance should be provided for all youth corps members in the country.

The Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred the motion to the committees for compliance and they should report back to the House within four weeks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House observed a minute silence for the soul of the departed corps member. (NAN)

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