THE National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has called on state governments yet to establish permanent orientation camps for corps members to do so in order to avoid distracting the academic calendar of schools.
The Director General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaib Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Thursday that “the call was necessary because the 21-day NYSC orientation in those states, which had yet to establish
permanent camps were conducted in schools, distracting academic activities during that period.”
He explained that “the scheme mobilises about 400,000 corps members annually with about six streams, and for us to be using the schools, it would be disrupting academic calendar of students.
“Students are often relocated to nearby secondary schools until the orientation is over.
“We believe that if permanent orientation camps are provided, it will address the challenge.”
While appealing to state governments yet to build permanent orientation camps, Ibrahim said, “by the NYSC Act, it is not the responsibility of NYSC to establish orientation camps or maintain them, it is the responsibility of states.
“So far, we have close to 32 permanent orientation camps in the country.
“In those states where we don’t have permanent orientation camps, we encourage the governors to do the needful, so that our corps members would have minimal discomfort during orientation.
“Some states that have the permanent orientation camps also need to rehabilitate the camp. We are discussing with some state governors on this and they are trying to do what is expected in that area.”
Ibrahim added that the scheme would also intervene in the area of maintenance of some facilities.