The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) announced its intention Tuesday, to reopen its Orientation Camp in Maiduguri Borno State in view of the relative peace in the northeastern part of the country.
Director-Gen of the Corps, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, said this while speaking with reporters in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Kazaure expressed the eagerness of NYSC to re-open the camp after the return of peace to the state, earlier beset with insurgency from the Boko Haram terrorists.
“There is relative peace now in the state, so we will like to come back as soon as possible. Remember, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are still occupying the Orientation Camp”, he assured.
The DG assured that the camp would be re-opened immediately the IDPs were relocated.
“It is only in Borno that our corps members have yet to have their orientation camp in place.
“We are ready to start our orientation the moment the State Government releases our camp to us”, he confirmed.
Kazaure appreciated the corps members already serving in the state for their dedication and resilience.
“If you notice, I asked them about their morale and they responded by saying morale high. That is how we measure the psychological frame of the corps members.
“Minus the camp, every other thing is in place for them. This means that they are in good spirit, they are doing well”, he remarked.
The state government was at the receiving end of commendation from Kazaure, who recognized it for the provision of improved welfare and security for the corps members.
“I am happy that the state government has been assisting in ensuring the welfare of the corps members.
“I thank Gov. Kashim Shettima for that and implore other states to emulate the gesture by ensuring adequate welfare for corps members serving in their localities”, the DG said.
Kazaure made it clear that the NYSC was putting all machinery to work in setting up six skills acquisition centers across the nation to enable corps members possess necessary skills.
“We identified lack of trading skills as the major problem causing unemployment among NYSC members.
“So we embarked on establishment of six skills acquisition centers in all the geopolitical zones of the country to help in training these young graduates to become self-reliant.
“We have almost completed work on the center in Gombe which will serve states in the North East.
He added that the NYSC was also working on five other centres, which are near completion. He ended saying that the essence of the initiative was to produce corps members who would become entrepreneurs other than job seekers.