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The death of a female corps member, Rachael Oladepo , a first class graduate in Aviation Transport Management, from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho and a native of Osun State, has caught the attention of the House of Representatives.

On Tuesday the resolution to open an investigation into the cause of her death was moved in the House by Olufemi Fakeye (Osun), which was unanimously adopted by members.

Before her demise, the deceased was a 26 years old corps member at the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation Camp in Kano.

The honourable expressed concern over last week’s media reports surrounding the death of Ms. Oladepo, which disclosed that Ms. Oladepo became sick few days after she reported at the orientation camp on November 25 and reported her condition to the camp authorities.

Consequently, Ms. Oladepo was admitted at the camp clinic under the supervision of an NYSC doctor, supported by NYSC nurses, but the honourable stated that his concern is that, the camp clinic might not have been adequately equipped adding also that, the late Ms. Oladepo was reportedly given some pills that had no physical effect on her deteriorating health and was later injected with some substances which he said worsened her health condition.

According to Mr. Fakeye, Ms. Oladepo’s medical condition did not improve many hours after being admitted at the clinic, and she was ‘’belatedly evacuated’’ to another hospital where she reportedly died.

The Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who contributed to the motion, described the death of Ms. Oladepo as “one death too many’’, a development he said should not be overlooked.

He said that all involved in “the negligence of the act” should be made to appear before the Committees on Healthcare Services, Youths Development and Justice.

It is reported that, the House also resolved that health insurance be provided for all youth corps members in the country.

The motion was referred by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara to the committees concerned for compliance who were mandated to report back to the House within four weeks.

The House observed a minute silence for the souls of the departed corps members.


Written by Okolo Ezinne

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