The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has refuted reports of a corps member’s death in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
A news report had on Monday claimed that the corpse of an adult male said to have been dumped in an isolated bush in Ogijo was that of a corp member.
The Ogun State Coordinator, NYSC, Olayinka Nasamu while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capitala described this report as untrue and outright falsehood.
Nasamu said the unidentified corpse was not any way related to the NYSC.
Nasamu said, “You cannot say someone is a corp member without the code number, without the place of primary assignment, without anything identifying him as a corps member. We have a swift confirmation process, it won’t take us 30 minutes to confirm a story.
“We expect that as journalists when you have any issue to crosscheck with us, you should not waste time to get in touch with us. Our doors are opened, it is by doing this that we can avoid misinforming the public.
“Writing what never happened is not a good image projection for us nor any organisation. We want a positive projection of our image. NYSC is a household name, and there’s no household that is not a benefactor of this scheme in this country. This is a heritage we should all jointly protect and project positively”
She urged media outlets to collaborate with the NYSC for accurate and positive representation.
Nasamu emphasised that despite the challenges, the NYSC scheme has continued to be relevant in society, attributing its resilience to the support it receives from all and sundry.