Following the death of Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo, a 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream I) member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, families members and friends of the deceased have staged a protest in Osun State.
Ifedolapo died at NYSC orientation camp in Kano State on November 29 and was laid to rest in her hometown in Osun State on Thursday.
While reports made the rounds that she died as a result of negligence from camp officials, who allegedly mistook her illness for pretense to avoid going out for parade, the NYSC had on Tuesday attributed her death to an untreated renal sepsis infection.
To register their anger over the alleged negligence of officials, the protesters on Tuesday took to the streets in Osun, vowing to continue the protest until those who allegedly failed to give adequate medical attention to the first-class graduate of Transport Management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, are exposed and punished.
The protest took off from the Freedom Park and was led by the National Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Mr. Idowu Odebunmi; the Deputy Coordinator of NANS in the South West, Mr. Saheed Afolabi, and the National President of the National Association of Osun State Students, Mr. Oladejo Bashiru
Dressed in black apparels and displaying placards bearing various inscriptions, they marched through the Osogbo/Ibadan Road before proceeding to the state House of Assembly.
The PRO said anybody found guilty of negligence in the case should be punished according to the law, adding that such would prevent recurrence of untimely death of those participating in the scheme.
His words, “The NYSC should be restructured, tender a public apology to Nigerians.
“Heavy compensation should be paid to the family of the deceased and any official, who is found guilty, must be punished.
“Investigation should be conducted into the circumstances that led to her death which should be made public and adequate compensation be paid by NYSC.”