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NYSC gets four additional orientation camps


Director General of the National Youth Services Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure

Director General of the National Youth Services Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure

Scheme claims mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members annually
Scheme claims mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members annually

The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, has praised the Governors of Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Zamfara states for providing additional camps for the hosting of 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation camp, for corps members deployed to states with security challenges.

He made the commendation at the opening of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Orientation workshop in Calabar, Cross River State.Kazaure said the gesture will allow Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states to hosts two camps simultaneously – one for corps members deployed to them, and the other for Corps members deployed to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states respectively.

In the case of Zamfara State, both the permanent orientation camp and the additional camp will host corps members deployed to the state because the number of corps members is above the capacity of the permanent one.

In a statement yesterday, Kazaure stressed the need for the three tiers of governments to live up to their statutory roles in the operations of the scheme, as a panacea for addressing the challenges of obsolete, dilapidated and inadequate state of facilities in most orientation camps.

“We are encouraged, however, by the efforts of the Federal Government at providing funds in spite of obvious financial constraints. In particular, I wish to thank Mr. President for making it possible for all graduates to be mobilised for service in 2016,” he said.

The DG said the current management of the scheme was encouraging public-private partnership to complement the efforts of federal and state governments, towards enhancing all aspects of its operations.

He said the choice of the theme of the workshop: “Strengthening the Orientation Programme for Effective Service Delivery,” was informed by the management’s resolve to reposition the scheme to respond adequately to th demands of the times.

He added that the orientation course content was being restructured to align with the current needs of the youths.The DG used the occasion to express gratitude to the Cross River State government for its support during orientation courses, winding-up, and passing-out exercises, as well as, the provision of drugs for the scheme’s Health initiative.

Governor of the state, Senator Ben Ayade, while declaring the workshop open, commended the scheme for organising the workshop, while he called on corps members to take opportunity the of their national duties to collaborate with the organisation in nation building, through various work experiences.

Ayade who was represented by his deputy, Professor Ivarsa Esu, called on private and public organisations to utilise the services of youth corps members by engaging them adequately into their establishment.

He said, “Permit me through this forum to call on all corporate and private organisations utilising the services of corps members to ensure that they get all corps members deployed to their establishment to ensure that they receive proper work experience.”

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