John Adams Minna
Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazure, has threatened to close the orientation camp in Niger State, describing it as “unfit for human habitation.”
“This is the worst NYSC orientation camp in the country, and I will not hesitate to close the camp,” Kazaure said.
Kazaure, who spoke at the NYSC orientation camp at Paiko, in Niger state, yesterday, said despite several appeals to the state government, to look into the condition of facilities at the camp, nothing has been done to improve the camp.
“This is the worst NYSC orientation camp in the country, because the facilities are grossly inadequate. I met the governor on several occasions, on the state of affairs in the orientation camp in the state, and, till date, nothing has been done,” he said.
The NYSC boss, who led on a facility tour of camp by the state coordinator, Theresa Arokoyo, expressed dismay over the dilapidated state of facilities, which include hostels, kitchen and other areas in the camp, and submitted that “the Niger sate orientation camp is, so far, the worst in the country.
The Director General, who was visibly disturbed by what he saw at the camp, said the camp in Niger State may be close down if the state government is unable to show interest in its affairs.
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“Constitutionally, every state in the country is saddled with the responsibility of taking care and maintenance of the NYSC orientation camp in its domain”.
“The facilities are grossly inadequate, the hostels, toilets and everything are inadequate.
“We are not closing the camp yet; we will give the government a benefit of the doubt for sometime, to see what will happen. But, he should know that Niger camp is the worst camp in the federation.”
Earlier, the state Coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Ibunkun Arokoyo, told her guest that the orientation camp is disadvantaged because of its temporary nature. She said the camp lacks lecture hall, male hostel, inadequate and dilapidated staff quarters, inadequate water, toilet facilities, plastic chairs, mattresses, beds and deteriorating state of infrastructure.
She said the temporary status of the orientation camp has made it difficult to control movement in and out of the camp, adding that security of property has also not been easy to maintain.