BY GERALD NWOKOCHA
The Kuje Area Council Chairman, Hon. Danladi Etsu Zhin has promised to provide adequate security and welfare packages to Corps members posted within his council. This he made when the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Mr. Frank Ekpunobi and his entourage paid him a courtesy call at the Kuje Area Council headquarters.
A guard of honour was mounted at the entrance gate of Kuje Council headquarters by the Corps members. After receiving a salute from the Corps members, Mr. Ekpunobi and his entourage walked straight to the office of the executive chairman. He was received by the Council Chairman, Hon. Danladi Etsu Zhin, his Vice Chairman Hon. Danladi Doggo and Head of Administration, Barr. Muhammed Dokko.
In his address, the NYSC FCT Cordinator Mr. Frank Ekpunobi said his visit was of three folds. First, was on a courtesy call to the Youth friendly Council Chairman, the chairman that has provided a conducive atmosphere to over 200 corps members posted to his council. He appealed to the Council boss to absorb the corps members posted to his council especially now going by the new posting policy that has restricted Corps members to only four key sectors, Agriculture, Education, Health and Infrastructure.
Mr. Ekpunobi also appealed to the Council boss to grant NYSC a piece of Land in the Council area to build a secretariat stressing that if that is actualized, it will enable NYSC to have a Zonal office accommodation. He went further to call on the Council chairman to be present during the next NYSC orientation Camp in November since he has not been able to show up in any of the Orientation camp programme.
Mr. Epunobi praised the Chairman for the peaceful co-existence between the Council and Corps members posted within the council and said that the robust appearance of every corps member he met at the gate was a sign that they are feeding well and live peacefully. He therefore called on the Council Chairman to grant the corps members, continued security.
In his response, Hon. Danladi Zhin, Chairman, Kuje Area Council, said he was happy to receive Mr. Frank Ekpunobi and his entourage to the Council. He thanked them for deeming it fit to visit him.
Hon. Danladi Zhin said because of the importance of the NYSC scheme, he was one of the few Nigerians that have called for the stay of the scheme. He re-emphasized the importance and continued relevance of the scheme. He said his administration acknowledges the fact that Corps members have contributed immensely to the development of his council, therefore assuring that it is his responsibility to see to their welfare and security. Hon. Danladi further said that he has always shared ideas on issues concerning the uplifting of NYSC. He reassured of the council’s commitment in the provision of welfare and increased package for Corps members. He called for continued harmony between the NYSC and Kuje Area Council. He assured NYSC that he will not disappoint them
promising pay a visit to the Orientation Camp in November and make contributions.
Mr. Ekpunobi said Kuje area council happened to be the first council area he is visiting since he took over as the FCT Coordinator. He briefed the corps members of his meeting with the Council boss. He equally thanked the corps members for the way and manner they have lived saying that NYSC has not received any report that indicted a corps member. He reminded them that with ideas, coupled with education, they can do well. He prayed them to be focus driven. He told them to embrace peace, shun late night and be mindful of the friends they keep. He charged them to always bear in mind that they are future leaders of Nigeria, therefore should do everything possible not to allow anything distract them.
Mr. Epunobi also told the corps members that as soon as the Kuje Council boss allocate a space for the building of zonal office in Kuje, they will build it with direct labour. He said then, the services of Corps members that studied engineering will be required.
He called for a minute silent in honour of Miss Gabriel Olutayi, a corps member serving in Gwagwalada that was buried that same day.
Those who were in the entourage of the NYSC FCT Coordinator were: Mrs. Eloeboh Amaka(Chief, Public Relations), Chief Greg Anyia (Head Deployment and Relocation), Mrs Mary Akuso (Head, Corps members inspection), Mrs. Hadiza Jubril (Assistant Chief Inspector, Public Relations), and Mrs. Isu (Kuje Zonal Inspector).