Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure on Wednesday expressed concern over what he called the dilapidated state of facilities in many orientation camps across the country.
Speaking at the opening of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Pre-orientation Workshop, held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Kazaure said that facilities in many of the orientation camps were nothing to write home about.
He, however, commended the Oyo State Government for what he said was its continued support for the NYSC through the provision of standard orientation camp, located in Iseyin, and its routine maintenance.
Kazaure also said that the provision of an enabling environment for the operations of the scheme in the state was commendable.
He said that the law establishing the NYSC scheme placed the responsibility of provision and maintenance of orientation camps on state governments.
Kazaure while speaking further reiterated his call on stakeholders to live up to their statutory responsibility through provision of necessary facilities at orientation camps so as to make the scheme more effective.
He said, “Permit me to use this occasion to remind all stakeholders that the law establishing the NYSC scheme places the responsibility of provision and maintenance of orientation camps with the state governments.
“On this note, I wish to reiterate our call on them to live up to this statutory responsibility. This call has become necessary in view of the dilapidated state of the facilities in many orientation camps.”
He said that the workshop, with the theme: “Achieving the NYSC mandate through an effective orientation course,” was aimed at evaluating previous orientation exercises with a view to mapping out strategies for the successful conduct of the forthcoming one.
He added that the workshop would set the tone for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ orientation course, through the formulation of policies and operational guidelines for all players involved in the conduct of the exercise.