A visit by the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen Suleiman Zakari Kazaure, to the Awgu orientation camp in Enugu state last Friday, electrified the camp and charged the 2, 169 Batch ‘B’ Corps Members undergoing orientation course at the camp.
The mountainous orientation camp is among the best NYSC camps in Nigeria, with a history of serving as a training base for the soldiers of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
Facilities in the camp are in fair provisions even as successive administrations in Enugu state have complemented services in the camp through the provision of basic amenities to make the orientation a worthwhile experience.
The corps members were therefore in an elated mood when they received their Director General, who on entry into the camp inspected a guard of honor mounted by the corps members with a parade and band to trill the visitor.
Kazaure quickly inspected facilities in the camp such as the clinic, the conveniences, the hostels, kitchen, among others, which he expressed satisfaction with their provisions.
At the podium, where the corps members gathered to receive the DG, the state coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Nwano Ukagha while introducing Kazaure told the corps members that the DG was on a tour to see about their welfare, adding that his coming to Enugu was like a home coming since the DG had served in the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu. She introduced the corps members as the best set, an accolade that was greeted with a resounding applause.
Shortly after the corps members entertained the DG with a cultural dance, Kazaure told them that the reason for the establishment of NYSC was all about national integration and urged them to integrate well and see themselves as one family.
Kazaure said: “We should make Nigeria great in any condition we find ourselves, this is the best corps members in Enugu state and I want you to sustain the tempo. 28 years ago, I was a corps member in Taraba state and so there is no short cut to life. The reason why you are here is to have a good service year and there are a lot of activities to make the year enjoyable and productive. I urge you to take the skill acquisition programme seriously as you know there are no jobs now. There is also a single digit loan facility which you can tap on.
“Try to learn the culture of the people in your primary assignment, be security conscious and also move in groups, avoid sharp practices and our prayer is that all of you will be greater than us but you must be up and doing.”
Kazaure urged the corps members to initiate and execute projects of value in the host communities of primary assignment, while also asking them to help the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration fight against corruption.
“The future of the country is in your hands, wherever you find yourself, please try to be a vanguard for the fight against corruption because corruption is the cause of lack of development and breed other vices in the society. We don’t have any other country than Nigeria; try to be good ambassadors of your almamata, the NYSC and your family,” he charged the corps members.
One the corps members, Bernard Lucas from Plateau state, said the DG’s coming was very interactive and the experience a good one. He noted that they are making good use of the facilities in the camp but for water shortage which he said he learnt is a general problem in Enugu state. “We’ve been coping and the electricity supply is perfect.”
Another corps member, Charity Ukwune from Kogi state said “So far so good. I’ve been enjoying myself meeting people, interacting with them and I am prepared for the service year.”
Abdulahi Danlami from Bauchi state said “I feel excited. This is my first time of traveling to the south east and I’ve been eating Igbo food. I like the people I meet here and their culture.” Vanguard