- The National Youth Service Corps is mourning the death of a prospective member who was scheduled to enroll at orientation camp in Katsina
- Nuhu Arewa, a cousin to the deceased identified as Matu Esky, confirmed the passing of the fast rising singer
- Matu, who hailed from Ungwan Maryam in Tafawa Balewa local government area, Bauchi state was a graduate of Architecture
Bauchi - Matu Esky, a prospective corps member on Friday, November 26, died in a road accident in Jigawa state on his way to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp.
The Punch reports that Esky popularly called “Phil Chase” died alongside another passenger on his way to Katsina state for the three weeks mandatory orientation exercise.
The 24-year-old who hailed from Ungwan Maryam in Tafawa Balewa LGA of Bauchi state was an upcoming artist passionate about music.
A cousin to the deceased, Nuhu Arewa, confirming the unfortunate incident on Sunday, November 28, described the death of the talented and promising young man as very sad and painful.
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Arewa went on to note that he last saw his cousin the same day when he was about to leave for the orientation camp.
Esky, a graduate of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, where he studied Architecture was the firstborn of four children.
Prospective corps member delivers baby girl
Meanwhile, on the same day of the unfortunate incident, Eniola Olayanju, a prospective corps member gave birth at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ogbakuta, Iseyin, Oyo state, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The assistant director press and public relations unit, Christy Olatoye made the announcement in a statement, adding that both mother and child are doing fine.
It was gathered that Eniola fell into labour during her registration process and was quickly rushed to the General Hospital, Iseyin where she delivered a baby girl.
5 prospective corps members die suddenly in Abuja
The late prospective corps members were reportedly travelling to the northern parts of Nigeria for the Batch B 2021 orientation course when the incident occurred.
A spokesperson for the NYSC, Adenike Adeyemi, disclosed that the ghastly motor accident happened around 2am on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, along the Abaji/Kwali Expressway.
Senate advocates better plans for corps members' allowance
In a related development, the Nigerian Senate called for an increase in the feeding allowance of members of the National Youth Service Corps.
The call was made by the Senate committee on sports and youth development on Tuesday, November 23, during the panel's report presentation on the 2022 budget.
Making the presentation to the appropriation committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, the chairman of the sports and youth development committee, said there is a need to increase the feeding allowance.