Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has assured the Corps members posted to Kwara that the government would do everything within its power to make the NYSC permanent orientation camp comfortable for them.
AbdulRazaq gave the assurance on Thursday while declaring open the 2019 Batch B, Stream II orientation course at the NYSC camp in Yikpata, Edu Local Government.
The governor, who was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi said he was aware of the many infrastructural deficiencies in the camp.
“I personally visited this camp in June to access things by myself, which informed our recent donation of 400 mattresses, 200 bunks and consumable drugs.
“This is to show our commitment to transform this orientation camp. Let me also assure you that we intend to do more to improve the facilities here in the coming budget years.
“I’m often ashamed of the narratives that the Kwara NYSC camp is among the worst in the country in terms of basic amenities.
“In spite of the competing priorities facing us, our government will continue to be responsible and alert to all her commitments toward the NYSC programme in the state within available resources,” AbdulRazaq said.
The governor reminded the corps members that the orientation course has been carefully designed to instill discipline into them for national service.
According to him, it is a platform to physically, psychologically, and socially prepare you for the rigorous task of nation building.
“You are therefore charged to adopt a serious approach to all the activities lined up for the orientation programme.
“You must not in any way allow frivolities to affect the needed commitment in achieving the expected qualities of future leaders, which the NYSC programme is designed to prepare you for.
“I urge you to justify the confidence reposed in you as future leaders by always making peace, good conduct, honesty and hard work your watchwords,” the governor said.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Esther Ikupolati, in her remarks said 1, 415 Corps members were registered for the three weeks orientation course.
The state coordinator said the registration was made up of 713 males and 702 females.
She congratulated the corps members that, despite all hurdles, they were able to scale through all academic ladder and got mobilised for the national service.
Ikupolati expressed her gratitude to Gov AbdulRazaq for all he has done for the NYSC and corps members in the state since he assumed office in May.
“Since your assumption of office less than three months ago, you have proven to be youth friendly and father of all Corps members in the state.
“Your recent supply of mattresses, double-bunk bedding, benches and drugs to the Camp has gone a long way to bring succour to the Corps members who have been camping in not too habitable environment,” Ikupolati said.
She appealed to the governor to construct perimeter fence at the camp to secure it and ward off intruders and vandals.
The State Coordinator also appealed to Gov AbdulRazaq to pay monthly stipends to Corps members serving in the state.
Ikupolati told the governor that NYSC was in need of vehicle for inspection adding that the hostels in the camp needs renovation.
She expressed gratitude to the Deputy Governor for donating three cows and ten bags of rice to feed the Corps members during the orientation course.
The Acting Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Akanbi Shuaib congratulated the Corps for the successful completion of their academic pursuits.
“Let me emphasis here that as youths, government at all levels, are aware of your abilities to serve as agents of change and catalysts of socio-economic development in our country.
“Today, the contributions of the Nigerian Youths, in both the public and private sectors of our economy are very enormous, remarkable and highly commendable,” he added.
Shuaib, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youths Development, urged the Corps members to take all the training packages and activities very seriously.
According to him, they are designed to groom you to be responsible leaders urgently needed in all the segments of our society.