29 November 2012

Nigeria: NYSC Camp Not a Five-Star Hotel - State Coordinator

The State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Lagos State, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, yesterday dismissed the news making round that the condition of hostels at the Ipaja NYSC camp is not conducive for corps members.

Adeyemi who was taking up by journalists after the official closing ceremony of the 2012 batch 'C' orientation course yesterday, faulted the publication by Sunday Punch Newspapers on the issue, saying that the correspondent who wrote the story never visited the camp to see the situation of things for himself and neither did he hear from her to have a balance report. "If the writer was sure of his story, he would have put his byline," she said.

She said: "It is a camp, not a Five Star Hotel." Explaining that on a camp, we are bound to provide the basic amenities and the basic amenities are there. "Moreover, as the State Coordinator, I and the NYSC officials live in the same camp with them. If there are sufficient water, electricity supply, cross ventilated accommodation and a clean environment, there should be nothing to worry about," she added.

She noted that part of efforts by Lagos State government to get a larger place for the corps members, necessitated the acquisition of a piece of land at Agbowa, Ikorodu where the governor of Lagos State has pledged its support.

Mainwhile, the 3,394 batch 'C' corps members in Lagos State were charged to proceed immediately to their places of primary assignment without delay. According to the state Coordinator, though organisations made advances to NYSC office for corps members to be posted to them, we insisted on the four key areas of the sector as stipulated by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Also, Governor Babatunde Fashola, while addressing the corps members said, he expect them to complement the efforts of government and fit into at least one of several government projects through the primary assignment and community development service that they are set to render. He added that the entrepreneurship skill they have acquired over the past three weeks should prepare them for post service self employment.

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