The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia, has lamented that the operation of fake orientation camps by dubious people can cause credibility challenges to the scheme if not properly handled.
Okore-Affia, who revealed this recently while addressing staff at the annual management conference held at Umuahia, Abia State, said that this has culminated in the public innocently accusing the scheme of complicity in the existence of this camp and added that this was not doubt causing a lot of apprehension and suspicion.
The DG, who also lamented the poor quality of kit items supplied by contractors, mandated the state coordinators to enforce the ban on the sale of alternative kit items on camps while corps members are to be stopped from wearing waist bags on their uniforms as contractors are directed to fix side pockets with a flap and buttons on the Khaki trouser of corps members.
“As we are all aware, the bedrock of progress and development in any organisation is the presence of a committed, dedicated, qualified, experienced and above all disciplined workforce.
“The harmonisation of all these qualities usually manifests in geometric growth and development of an organisation. Management will therefore continue to implement policies that will induce staff to give their best in the discharge of their duties. At the same time, issues of discipline will not be treated with levity as these are capable of truncating the laudable policies of the scheme as well as portray the scheme in bad light to the members of the public.
“For us to instill discipline in corps members, we must first lead by example through display of good conducts for them to emulate,” he charged.
Okore said that in the course of his visits to various camp and stakeholders across the country, he has come to appreciate the challenges facing the scheme and the onerous nature of the task ahead and have come to realise that the nation depended on the services of the corps members in many fields of national development.
This, he said, was part of the justification for organising the retreat with a view to aligning the scheme with changing realities of the national goals and aspirations.