The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has condemned the poor state of facilities at the Akwa Ibom Orientation Camp located at Ikot Itie Udung in Nsit Atai LGA.
Kazaure who said this after inspection of the camp facilities when he visited the camp yesterday appealed to the state government as a matter of urgency to do something to improve on the state of facilities in the camp.
He assured corps members that the federal government would continue to do its best to improve on their welfare.
“I am not satisfied with what I have seen. The facilities in camp are below standard, we will continue to improve on it. The statutory responsibility of the state government is to provide and maintain all the orientation camp facilities.
“So, we will continue to talk to the state government to see what we can do, but facilities are below standard. The camp facilities in Akwa Ibom are highly substandard, something must be done,” Kazaure said.
The DG called on corps members in the state to be security conscious as they proceed to their places of primary assignment and encouraged them to make use of the security tips they received at the camp warning them against late night movement.
He charged the corps members to take their Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training seriously to facilitate employment opportunities on completion of their service year.
“I want to commend you, and encourage you to do what you are doing and not get discouraged so that by the time you leave here, you would have left an indelible mark in Akwa Ibom,” he said.
Kazaure challenged the corps members to build on their training and tutelage in the camp as they proceed to their places of primary assignment and urged the corps members to respect the culture and tradition of their host communities and add value to the community.
Earlier in his address, the state coordinator of NYSC, Mr Julius Amusan, lauded the DG for his visit and revealed that 2,298 corps members, comprising 1144 males and 1154 females registered for the exercise.
Amusan who expressed frustration over the camp’s reliance on generator for electricity as the public power supply was not forthcoming however lauded the 2018 corps members, describing them as obedient, patriotic, respectful and diligent.
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