By John Ighodaro
CALABARâ€”The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. General Maharzu Tsiga has raised the alarm that the number of graduating students would soon rise to half a million per year, saying there is therefore the need to expand orientation camps and build NYSC lodges across the country.
Gen. Tsiga made this known when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State as part of his tour of NYSC facilities in the state.
The Director General of NYSC, who disclosed that he was visiting Cross River for the second time since assumption of office in January, commended the state for its assistance to ensure the programme was hitch-free and called on other states to emulate Cross River, explaining that it is the lack of adequate accommodation at orientation camps that culminated in the NYSC activities being divided into two batches.
He disclosed that NYSC is facing the challenges of accommodation as the current number of graduating students of 80,000 will soon rise to 500,000 per year which calls for the expansion of orientation camps and the building of corp members’ lodges across the country as many infrastructure have collapsed while corp members are not expected to rent houses.
In his speech, GovernorÂ Imoke described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a strong fulcrum of national unity which should be maintained and sustained in the interest of the country.
He remarked that it is in realization of the relevance of the NYSC that Cross River is not just NYSC-friendly and hospitable, but strives to be the friendliest NYSC state.
Imoke explained that he decided to award contract for the improvement of facilities at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Obubra because he was not satisfied with what he saw when he visited the place, adding that inconvenience allowance was also given to Corp members in camp as a succour to address their situation.
The Governor referred to them as important source of human resource who are not only out to serve but committed youths who have great hope for the future, disclosing that the delay in completing the renovation work at the NYSC camp was due to some challenges which will be addressed while pledging to continue to support and assist their office in Calabar to ensure effective monitoring and productivity.