By Ikora Ayungbe, Uyo
The director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has called on the Akwa Ibom state government to see the need to improve the facilities in the permanent orientation camp in the state.
Kazaure made the remarks during his tour to the orientation camp at Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai local government area on Thursday.
The DG, who was represented by Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, director, research, planning and statistics said that the provision of facilities in the camp was the direct responsibility of state governments, stressing the need for the state government to take necessary action on the situation.
“The provision of adequate facilities in all orientation camp is the responsibility of state government. We will intensify efforts to get Akwa Ibom state government to see the need to do the needful and improve on the facilities in this camp to meet the required standard.
“While I was going round, I discussed with the state coordinator to interface with the state government to provide a befitting camp facilities as it is in Delta state,” Kazaure said.
He urged corps members to remain patriotic in delivering their services to the fatherland as they had no other country than Nigeria.
The director general charged corps members to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to become entrepreneur and create jobs instead of waiting for non available white collar jobs.
Kazaure warned corps members against indulging in illegal activities during the service year, stressing that the scheme has mechanism to punish erring corps members and reward excellence.
He said, “Be law abiding and disciplined, take your training very seriously. When you are at the right place, doing the right thing, desert will turn to water fountain for you. ”
Earlier, the state coordinator Mr. Julius Amusan, in his welcome remarks, said that 2, 091 corps members had been registered during the 2019 Batch ‘A’ orientation exercise.
According to him, 1, 064 were male while 1, 027 are female, adding that 107 corps members had been considered for instant relocation. He said that the scheme in the state would continue to appeal to the state government to see the need to complete the ongoing 250 capacity hostel block, toilets and bath rooms.
He lamented that the camp, over the years, relied on generating plant to provide electricity in the camp. “In spite of reaching out to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) by paying for energy upfront, we have not enjoyed corresponding response from them. In fact, we have only enjoyed supply from them for three hours since the commencement of the orientation course,” Amusan said.
He intimated the DG that the camp clinic was operating optimally with the support of personnel from University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.