Corps Members During Parade
The National Youth Service Corps NYSC Orientation camp in Obubra local government Area of Cross River state is a sorry state of decrepit and decay as a result of many years of usage and non-maintenance.
As a result, the state coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Eddy Megwa has made a passionate appeal to the state government to assist the scheme in the renovation of its permanent camp in Obubra.
The coordinator made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Calabar. He expresses regrets that the camp is no longer conducive and habitable for various corps members to use for their orientation.
Megwa stressed the importance and the impact the NYSC was making towards the socio-economic development of the nation and argued that this should force the government to accord priority to its sustenance and maintenance.
According to him “It is sad that even where indigenes were afraid of going, you will find corps members there, that is national unity that the scheme is building.
Dilapidated NYSC Orientation Camp at Obudu, Cross River State
“If anybody is calling for disintegration, he is wasting his time because his brothers and sisters are here. We have also seen a lot of inter-tribal marriages which are conceived during the youth service year,” he said.
Speaking on the development of the scheme over the years, Mr. Megwa revealed that the scheme has made considerable progress in digital and electronic advancement is now currently linking with the joint Admission and Matriculation Board as well as the West African Examination Council, WAEC to check overage of members as well as falsification of results.
Megwa frowned at people who though are above 30 years old but still smuggled themselves into the NYSC scheme so as to reap its numerous benefits warning that such would not be tolerated.
Also, those who are under 30 years but evaded to serve will be forced to serve even if they are 60 years old if they want anything from the Government.
The scheme according to the coordinator has about 350,000 corps members annually adding that there are no contractors in Nigeria who are able to produce the uniforms of all the corpers. To solve the problem of lack of capacity to produce uniforms, the NYSC has to segment the uniforms to different contractors.
This is the reason why there are sharp contrast and differences in the quality, colours of uniforms of the corps members; the NYSC headquarters according to the coordinator is making an effort to address the problem.