Lucky Obukohwo Reporting
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has deployed a total of 2,032 corps members to Edo State for their one year compulsory service.
The state coordinator of the scheme, Mal. Suleiman Ibrahim disclosed this at the Swearing-in ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘C’ Stream II Corps Members at Okada, Edo State.
He said out of the 2,032 corps members posted to the state, 1,050 are male while 982 are female.
Mal. Ibrahim said the corps members deployed to the state have fast adjusted to the camp life and have exhibited great sense of discipline, dedication and responsibility since their arrival on camp.
Ibrahim added that they have also demonstrated keen interest in all aspects of the orientation course and have responded satisfactorily to instructions, indicative of the fact that the objectives of the orientation course will be achieved.
While commending the Edo State government for its infrastructural development strides at the Orientation Camp, he said the scheme faces inadequate hostel accommodation for both male and female corps members and collaborating agencies.
“Provision of hospital bed in the ultra modern camp clinic, provision of additional two boreholes to complement the only one in the camp”
He continued, “the camp needs perimeter fence of the expansion of the camp to prevent further encroachment by individuals as well as completion of the sport arena”
“While we pledge our continuous support towards the lofty goals of the MEGA agenda of your government, we are appealing to His Excellency to intervene by way of solving these problems as it would aid the smooth running of the orientation camp”
Earlier, the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Zubairu Dada Abubakar, urged the corps members to key into the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme of the scheme to tackle issues of unemployment in the country and thereby making themselves useful after the service year.