The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, on Tuesday 25th October bewailed the dilapidated state of orientation camps across the nation.
He revealed this in Calabar, the Cross River state capital during the 2016 `Batch B’ Pre-orientation Workshop organised for stakeholders to prepare for a successful orientation programme.
Speaking about the obsolete and grossly inadequate facilities in most of the camps, the DG however said that the Federal Government was providing funds for robust activities of the scheme in spite of the current financial challenges.
The NYSC scheme started with less than 2,700 corps members in 1973. Today, the scheme is now mobilising over 300,000 corps members annually. Presently, the facilities in most orientation camps are obsolete, dilapidated and grossly inadequate for the ever increasing corps population.
The panacea for this challenge is for all the three tiers of government to live up to its statutory roles in the operation of the scheme. As we commence this exercise, I urge all stakeholders, especially the traditional rulers, transport workers and security agencies to assist our prospective corps members safely to their places of posting and throughout the service year.