Ex-corper tackles NYSC, demands N260m for language project he executed

An accountant, Boboye Olaribigbe, has accused the National Youth Service Corps of refusing to pay him the copyright value of a language project he executed for the scheme more than a decade ago.

He demanded N260m as costs for the project, while threatening to take legal action if the demand was not met.

Olaribigbe, while speaking to Punch, said he got approval to convert the NYSC Language Handbook into audio format in 2006.

He said the concept, which he developed after his service year as a corps member in Enugu State, was aimed at solving language problems encountered by corps members in the country.

The 43-year-old noted that he sourced different language experts, who participated in the project, adding that the audio was produced in compact disks and cassettes.

Olaribigbe, who claimed to have got a letter of approval for the project from a former Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Yusuf Bomoi, said he successfully executed the project.

His lawyer, Mr Amara Ibekwe, on November 12, 2019, wrote a letter to the NYSC demanding payment for the project.

The letter, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, stated, “We established that our client served in your institution as a youth corps member in 2004/2005 in Enugu State with NYSC no: EN/EPA/04/184142, certificate no: A892295, trading under the name and style of Maltbrains Nigeria Limited.

He added that it was a shock to Olaribigbe that the NYSC “circumvented and neglected his brainchild” and disregarded his work.

Punch obtained another letter dated February 7, 2020, written by Ibekwe as a reminder, urging the NYSC to pay the former corps member.

The lawyer copied the Ministry of Youths and Sports, the National Orientation Agency, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Deputy Director of Community Development Service, NYSC, Sunday Oyinke, urged Olaribigbe to be patient. Punch
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