Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Following the directive of Cross River state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade for the renovation of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Obubra Local Government Area of the state, there are strong indications that the scheme will boast of a world class Camp for Corps Members deployed to the state.
This is coming a few days after the governor gave the approval for the renovation and expansion work to be carried out.
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This was disclosed to TNN by the commissioner for youth and skills acquisition, Signor Omang Idiege, after he embarked on an assessment tour to the orientation camp to ascertain its current state.
He assured the NYSC state coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Nakamba that the renovation work would commence with immediate effect.
His words: “We were here about three or four weeks ago during the swearing in ceremony of the 2020 batch B stream 1A corps members and we did deliver a message from His Excellency, Senator Prof Ben Ayade on the urgent need for the rehabilitation and renovation of certain structures at the camp.
“It has all along been his concern that the camp needs attention. So we came to see things ourselves because all these reports were compiled and sent to His Excellency about few weeks ago and he sent us to confirm if they are still in the same state. And as we have seen, they are still on that same state.
“Before we came here the last time, he had directed immediate rehabilitation of the camp particularly some structures like the lecture hall so as not to allow Corps members sit in a congested environment during this pandemic.
“They really need a befitting and enlarged hall for their lectures and training. So the governor has graciously approved an immediate expansion of the existing hall to accommodate the corps members, particularly to enable them adhere to the COVID-19 measures as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.”
Idiege who is also the NYSC Cross River State Governing Board Chairman maintained that the renovation would include expansion of the parade ground and other areas that need expansion.
Recall that the NYSC in Cross River state had made several calls drawing the attention of the state government to the dilapidated state of the orientation camp of which several appeals had been made to ensure that the facilities at the orientation camp will be given a facelift.
TNN also reports that no fewer than 700 prospective corps members of the 2020 Batch ‘B’, stream 1B who are currently undergoing their orientation programme have been sworn in.
The event which took place at the state’s NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Obubra Local Government Area was presided over by the NYSC State Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Nakamba while the acting chief judge of the state was represented byJustice Emmanuel Ubua of the Obubra high court to administer the oath on the corps members.
While congratulating the corps Members, the NYSC State Coordinator charged them to remain obedient to all Camp rules and regulations. He told them to avoid every form of indiscipline and disobedience.
Similarly, the NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Nakamba who presided over the passing out ceremony to mark the end of the Orientation Programme enjoined Corps Members to be good ambassadors of the NYSC and their families throughout their service year.
He charged them to put into action all the trainings they received on camp during the course of the Orientation exercise. He also implored them to maximize the opportunities the NYSC provided for them on camp through the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED training to become relevant and self-employed knowing the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.
While wishing them a successful service year, Nakamba charged them to look out for ways to positively impact their host communities by carrying out Community Development Service, CDS projects wherever they find themselves.