The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has dismissed a claim by Chidinma Simeon, a prospective corps member, that its orientation camp in Lagos rejected her due to her marital status.


In a now-deleted Facebook post, Chidinma claimed she “felt like crying” for not being allowed to stay in the camp.

“Lagos camp wh(y) me, I was rejected to camp after registration because am married. Feel like crying. Who even tell me to go and get married,” she wrote.

“Nobody should tell my hubby I love him so much I don’t want to loose him because of NYSC.”


But speaking with TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday, Emeka Mgbemena, NYSC’s spokesperson, urged the public to disregard the lady’s claim.

Mgbemena said there is no policy that prohibits married corps members from staying in the NYSC orientation camp.

“That cannot be correct. If she claims they rejected her because she is married, then she is not saying the truth. There is no policy that stipulates that married corps member should not be in camp,” he said.


The NYSC spokesman added that corps members can only be excused from the camp if they are nursing mothers or pregnant.

“If you’re a nursing mother or pregnant, you can be registered but you can be excused from the camp,” he added.

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