The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Director General, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure has decried the deplorable condition of the NYSC Permanent Orientation camp located at the Awgu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state.
Kazaure expressed his feeling on Saturday when he inspected the camp as part of his tour to ascertain the wellbeing of the 2018 Batch “A’’ corps members posted to the state.
The NYSC boss said that he was not impressed with the facilities in the camp, describing them as old and highly dilapidated.
“The camp needs a total overhaul and we are appealing to the state government to look into the condition of its facilities.
“It is the responsibility of state governments to maintain NYSC orientation camp in their states for the benefit of corps members,” he said.
He also said that the camp needed a befitting pavilion to serve as a lecture hall for the corps members.
The NYSC Director-General also inaugurated a water project at the orientation camp.
He said that he was elated that the corps had overcome the intractable potable water challenges in the camp.
“We have tried severally to provide potable water in this camp and I am elated that we have finally succeeded.
“In spite of the challenges we encountered, the water is now running and we are proud of the state coordinator for achieving this,” he said.
Earlier, the NYSC State Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka, thanked the Director General for assisting them in the construction of the borehole.
Ikaka said that five different contracts had been awarded for the provision of potable water in the camp but none was executed.
He appealed to Kazaure to attend to some of the areas of concern in the camp, which included perimeter fencing, hostels, provision of funds for diesel, utility vehicle and other areas of intervention.
The coordinator said that the camp needed a big pavilion to serve as lecture hall for corps members.
He said that the access road to the camp was in deplorable condition and needed to be rehabilitated.
According to the State Coordinator, “we depend on our 100KV generator for our power needs but the state government has promised to provide electric transformer with a view to connecting the camp to the national grid.
“The governor promised that the needs of the NYSC, was being discussed in the executive council meeting, which he said was ongoing; when we visited his office on Friday.”
Ikaka said that the corps members were in high spirit to serve their fatherland.
The NYSC orientation camp in Awgu is one of the foremost camps in the country established in 1973.