Imo Govt. Builds New NYSC Orientation Camp

Orientation CampThe Imo State Government has built a new permanent orientation camp for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in order to properly cater for the welfare and security of corps members posted to the state.

The newly built orientation camp located at Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, has been officially handed over to the state chapter of the National Youth Service Corps.

The State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Sports and Youths Development, Mr Chidi Ibe, at the handing over ceremony.

He said that the delivery of this project is in fulfillment of the promise made by the Governor few months ago to build a new orientation camp for the corps members, having noted the dilapidation, rot and insecurity encountered in the previous camp.

He urged the officials of the NYSC as well the corps members to maintain the newly built camp and also take advantage of the one year service to the nation to explore Imo State and contribute their own quota to the development of the state.

In his remarks, the State NYSC Coordinator, Mr Isaac Fasanu, expressed gratitude to the Imo State government for building a befitting NYSC orientation camp with all basic amenities and adequate security.

He said that this would go a long way to help the corps members concentrate on their mission in camp without fear of kidnap, loss of life or property, or any discomfort.

He assured the government that the corp members, staff and officials will take good care of the camp, and the facilities will be well maintained.

Some of the Corps members who spoke at the event also commended the efforts of the state government in providing the facility.

518 Corps Members Pass Out In Yobe And Borno States

A total of 518 corps members have successfully completed their 2012 batch B service year in the troubled Borno and Yobe States north-east of Nigeria.

At a low key passing out in the two states, Borno recorded 308 corps members while Yobe had 138 members.

At the ceremony in Maiduguri the Borno State capital,Governor Kashim Shettima  commended the “courage and dexterity” of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for their desire to serve in the state despite the security challenges that forced most corps members to redeployed to other states of the country.

For the exhibition of such courage by the 380 corps members that passed out in Maiduguri, N2.35 million was doled out to the corps members as each of them got N10, 000.

Governor Shettima was represented at the ceremony by the chairman of NYSC governing board in the state, Hajiya Maryam Bukar Abba Ibrahim.

The Borno State coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Suleiman Shiitu Morai reveals that there was a sharp drop in the total number of corps members to have served in the state from 1, 516 to only 380 passing out, indicating a decrease of 74.7 per cent in NYSC participation and Orientation.

The statistic according to him further reveals that number of females corps members have also surpassed their male counterparts, as a total of 253 of them served, as against only 127 male corps members.

In Yobe state, the NYSC discharge certificates were presented to corps members at the five major towns of the state an event that was supposed to take place in Damaturu the state capital while in Maiduguri, the low-key ceremony was performed at the federal secretariat instead of the usual Kano Road Orientation Camp that can accommodate up to 2, 000corps members at a time.

Corps members were given the option of either serving in the two states or seek redeployment because of the incessant attacks by the dreaded Islamists; the Boko Haram.