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  • Updated: August 26, 2021

Corps Members Offer Free Sensitisation To Juveniles In Abeokuta

Corps Members Offer Free Sensitisation To Juveniles In Abeok

Members of the Legal Aid Community Development Service (CDS) group of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abeokuta have visited the Nigeria correctional Center Bostal Institute, Adigbe, Abeokuta to provide free sensitisation to the juvenile in the institute and ensure that the rights of the juveniles are not infringed.

The members during the visit on Thursday said it was aimed at educating and enlightening the pupils on their human rights and the point when these rights are infringed.

The group vice president, Jenifer Iyang-Otu who represented 35 other members present at the correctional center has appealed to the government, NGOs and well-meaning citizens to come to the aid of the juvenile in the correctional center in Adigbe with the basic amenities especially clothes and shoes.

Iyang-otu expressed displeasure during an interview with allnews about the short supply of cloth materials and footwear in the institute said "Most of the children we saw were barefoot and most of their clothes are torn...more NGOs and Bodies should come together to render assistance to these children."

The gesture, according to Iyang-otu, was informed by the need to encourage the juveniles presently writing their exams to be better persons in society after their stay in the correctional center.

"They are one of us despite the fact that they must have made some wrong choices and are privileged to be in a correctional center,"

"I was shocked to my bones when I find out that these children write every exam that goes on in the society and they are very well prepared for this exam, she stated.

However, the coppers commended the government on the facilities and various vocational courses in the borstal institutions and remand center.

"Government you are trying, you are really trying by bringing these children together, feeding them and correcting them to be better persons when they return back to the society,"

"They enjoy free education, and free vocational training to make them better persons in the society. the government is really doing well."

Legal Aid Community Development Service (CDS) is a creation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigeria. The CDS exists in many communities in Nigeria, and its aim is to provide legal aid services in those communities through campaigns, sensitisations, etc. Participation in Community Development Service is part of the requirements for passing out from the Corps.

The NYSC is a mandatory one-year youth service programme that every Nigerian graduate, whether from a university or polytechnic in Nigeria or abroad, must undertake before becoming employable in Nigeria. Thus, a graduate who is not above the age of 30 at the time of completing his or her studies must partake in the service to obtain a discharge certificate. Alternatively, a graduate may obtain an exemption certificate where the conditions are met.

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