PAULETTE ORJIME, Abuja
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged all State Governments to be responsive to their statutory obligations towards the Scheme.It said the provision and maintenance of camp facilities are the responsibilities of State Governments.
A statement made available to Daily Champion on Wednesday in Abuja from the Scheme said the Director General, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, made the call in a Keynote address at the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Pre-Orientation Workshop in Bauchi, with the theme: “Evolving strategies to meet the challenge of increasing corps population.”
He said each Orientation Exercise had its unique challenges due to societal changes and emerging trends.
Kazaure added that the growth of the Scheme from its annual output of 2,364 graduates in 1973 to the current figure of over 300,000 per year is the single biggest development in the history of the Scheme.
The Director-General said Orientation Camps had been overstretched beyond capacity while the Management of the Scheme had managed the situation within its statutory limits.
“A situation where the corps members are made to endure camp overcrowding, poor sanitary condition, and unconducive lecture hall may ultimately be counter-productive in the development of patriotic and productive youths.
“State Governments should remain resolute in the development of camp facilities if the aims and objectives of the scheme are to be fully realized”, Kazaure said.
He added that as the output of corps producing institutions keeps increasing against the backdrop of dwindling resources, there was the need to develop better management strategies.
He, therefore, charged workshop participants to come up with resolutions that would help in devising new and positive actions in the area of camp development.
Kazaure also urged the participants to devise alternative sources of funding that would meet up with the financial burden as a result of increasing corps population.
He added that management was poised to remove every bottlenecks in the conduct of orientation course programmes.
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