Director- General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia has, commissioned the NYSC Corpers Lodge built by Khana Local Government Council at Bori, in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State. The storey building, which has 20 rooms en-suite has recreational facilities such as table tennis, football pitch as well as kitchen and laundry and is meant to accommodate 200 corps members serving in the Local Government.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP recently, Okore-Affia observed that “the project could not have come at a better time in view of the reform of the NYSC scheme, which focuses more on rural health, education, agriculture and infrastructural development which is bound to increase corps deployment to rural areas.”
He noted that Khana Local Government has set the ball rolling by building the lodge and assured the Local Government Chairman on the scheme’s commitment to partner with the council in related areas.
Okore-Affia called on other stakeholders to emulate the local government chairman in living up to their statutory responsibilities while urging the corps members to work assiduously in assisting the local government in meeting its developmental strides so as to justify the good gesture of the chairman. This was just as he called on them to guard the facilities by imbibing the spirit of maintenance culture.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Khana Local Government Council, Hon. Gregory Nwidam noted that the construction of the lodge was informed by his administration’s resolve to give the local community the desired development of which the corps members are an integral part.
He observed that the contributions of the corps members in the development of the local government could not be over-emphasised which made it necessary for the council to reciprocate same by providing shelter to the corps members.
The Chairman called on the NYSC to partner the local government by posting corps members to its recently resuscitated constructed vocational training center in Bori.
He thanked NYSC DG for his current reform of the scheme which made NYSC posting rural based and for personally attending the commissioning ceremony which he considered as a morale booster.