The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has renewed his commitment towards the welfare and security of lives and property of the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the state for national service.
The scheme had deployed a total of 2,200 2019 batch ‘B’ (stream l) corps members to Kaduna State and they are now in camp for a 21-day orientation course.
The orientation course is the first of the four cardinal points of the NYSC which provides the platform to prepare prospective corps members for the task ahead during the one year mandatory service to motherland and beyond. Others are primary assignment, community development service and passing out parade.
El-Rufai in a speech sent to declare the orientation course open at the scheme’s permanent orientation camp, Sabon Gaya, Kaduna, on Thursday, said, his administration was committed to provision of enabling environment for Nigerian youths to attain their full potentials in life.
The governor had recently commenced construction of a two-storey hostel block for male corps members at the camp, with a promise to add another block for female corps members to properly address the accommodation challenge at the camp.
“Let me reassure you that, security of lives and property of all citizens in our dear state remains the top priority of my administration,” El-Rufai restated.
Earlier in his welcome address, the new Coordinator of NYSC in the state, Mallam Isa Wana, reminded the corps members that, the orientation exercise was regimented and as such, all the guidelines and bylaws governing the camp activities must be strictly followed.
The coordinator, who appreciated the state government’s commitment to the camp infrastructural development however appealed to the governor to do something with regard to the state of work on the camp pavilion; a structure used for major events on camp.
He said, “we appreciate the state government for the renewed efforts in addressing the infrastructural changes of the Black Gold camp, as exemplified by the ongoing construction work on the two-storey hostel block for male corps members.
“In the same vein, I wish to draw the attention of the government to the state of work on the camp pavilion. Reconstruction and expansion of the old pavilion suffered a setback after rain storm pulled down pillars erected to build the structure.
“I wish to appeal to the state government to put in place, remedial measures to complete the project in order to provide the camp a more conducive venue for our key functions and events.”