It’s so improper humans are being treated – Corps members
States must help to improve on facilities – Officials
‘reptiles live in our hostels’
our orientation camps just like every other infrastructure in the country are in a Poor condition.
In most of the camps, corps members sleep on bare floor,
while others are accommodated in Secondary School hostels that lack basic social amenities.
In Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, 1500 corps members posted to the Kaiama camp have to contend with the accommodation that has been
provided by the state government. The block of hostels for the female has been extended, while additional ones have been constructed for the male.
“We don’t have water problem here. Though water does not run inside the hostels,
water can be gotten from the bore holes powered by the solar facility and there is water in the various tanks” Chichi a Corp member said.
however open defecation especially in some uncompleted buildings around the
camp is still common in spite of the toilet facilities provided by the authorities.
Compared to the one room, that was allocated for clinical activities in the past; the camp now has a standard clinic with an ambulance to complement it,
Bayelsa NYSC camp now has a standard medical facility that can take care of many medical emergency.
The Permanent Orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo State is located on the Iseyin-Okeho Road in Iseyin Local Government Area.
Corps members deployed to the State are enjoying modern infrastructural facilities,
which include clinic, staff quarters, hostels, kitchens, dining hall, boreholes, pavilion, parade ground and a standard football pitch.
Standard Security is being provided at the camp by the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),
National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The camp boast of so many standard facilities and it encapsulates the dreams of the Gorvenor to restore the lost glory of the State as a pace setter.
When the immediate past Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, visited the camp, he commended the State government for constructing a permanent
orientation camp for corps members.
Here comes the BUT part, feeding arrangement for the corps members currently undergoing orientation could not be ascertained as there was no access to them.
In Ondo State you will experience the apologetic state of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) camp in the sunshine State.
The camp, has continued to be a source of worry to serving NYSC corps members, parents and other stakeholders.
Facilities in the camp have become dilapidated with no efforts by management of the NYSC to rehabilitate them.
The ondo NYSC camp is located on Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the State.
The state of the camp is said to be as old as the State, as corps members posted to the State complained of the
poor facilities at the camp and are appealing to the relevant authorities to improve the facilities at the camp in the interest of the corps members.
Although new structures have been erected, the old ones are still being occupied in their poor state by corps members,
a situation which poses serious dangers to their lives.
Also, feeding was said to be another major challenge, corps members face in Ondo State.
NYSC corpers in Ondo alleged that they were not provided with nutritious food.
While decrying the poor condition of food, One of the corps members, Afolabi said.
“we were entitled to at least a tin of milk in a day, but we were not given. Rather, they buy sachet powdered milk for us and 10 people can share one at times.
The feeding is poor, to the extent that many develop sickness in camp.”
Efforts to get the reaction of the Director of NYSC in the State proved abortive.
The Permanent Orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ogun State,
located on Sagamu-Ikenne Road in Sagamu Local Government Area,
was constructed and commissioned in 2006 by the then Governor of the State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The camp, annexed to the Sagamu International Stadium, when completed, boast of modern facilities.
Security is just like the NYSC camp in Oyo to provide adequate security for corps members and camp officials.
Secured to the extent unaccredited journalist are not allowed into the site.
The tight security around the camps in the country could not be unconnected with the security situation in the country.
At the Ogun state camp, some buildings in the camp, 10 years after it was declared open,
still retain their immaculate and pristine look. Corps members also have facilities to engage in one activities or the order.
Electricity, water supply, accommodation, conveniences and others, remains lacking in the camp.
The orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) located at Asaya- Kabba lokoja, kogi state, about three kilometers away from Kabba Town,
off the Iyara-Omuo road, is in need of total rehabilitation.
You will visit the camp through a bumpy, dusty earth-road that, it has no perimeter fencing, a situation that poses great security risk,
to the premises and occupants of the place.
Though the only road leading to the camp was manned by a combined team of soldiers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps,
thick bushes inhabited by snakes and other dangerous reptiles surrounded the area.
But the perimeter fencing of the camp was awarded to an indigene of Kabba,
who was a member of the State House of Assembly during the administration of ex-governor Ibrahim Idris,
but the job was abandoned after allegedly collecting the contract sum, running into millions of Naira.
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Apart from the fence, the camp lacked office accommodation, with the administrative block serving as the Coordinator’s office,
accounts department, and corps registration centre, among others, even as many dilapidated buildings in need of renovation were left abandoned.
Though it has enough hostel accommodation for corps members, requisite facilities are either not existent or where available or were an eyesore.
The toilets are insufficient and in bad shape, a situation that forced most of the corps members and staff to defecate in the surrounding bushes,
Corps members complained of not having their privacy when they want to use the convenience.
But the meals served corps members were said to be good, even as the current economic recession in the country is said to
have grossly affected the quality and quantity of the meals served presently.
The story is however different at the mobile clinic in the camp, manned by inadequate medical personnel.
They were manned by few medical graduates serving under the scheme, with little or no drugs.
It was learnt that officials at the camp lacked operational vehicles, staff quarters and other vital logistics,
which they had consistently requested from the State government without any positive response.
The governor of the state Alhaji Yahaya Bello, only demonstrated lip service to the needs of the NYSC in the State.
In Makurdi, the Benue State capital, an NYSC camp, located at Wanunne, about 42 kilometers from Makurdi, is sited on a hill, on the Makurdi-Gboko highway,
in Tarka Local Government Area of the State. Just by the roadside, is the entrance which ushers you into a large expanse of land used as
the parade ground while a road to the left leads one to the hall, the kitchen, mammy market and then, to the hostels.
The Permanent Site of the Orientation camp which was started during the administration of former Governor George Akume,
who hails from Wannunne, was completed and put into use during the administration of immediate past governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.
Before then, youth corps members were having their orientation at Government College, Makurdi, which for several years, served as a temporary camp, in Benue State.
There were facilities at the camp for all activities, but some of them were in bad shape, while others are inadequate.
A corps member currently undergoing orientation, painted a sorry state of some of the facilities at the camp such as the hostel accommodation,
feeding and the toilets which are said to be in a very bad shape such that corps members had no other option than to resort to what they term ‘short-putting’
(open defecation) in the bush.
Apart from the toilets, the hostels are inadequate for the number of corps members currently undergoing orientation at the camp.
Beds are so close that there is hardly any space between two beds leading to poor ventilation in the hostels,
a development that, could result in an outbreak of epidemic.
Feeding got an abysmal rating , meals served inmates at the nation’s prisons were
comparatively better than what was served them.
“Their food is zero. The food served daily is strictly rice, beans, yam, garri with okra or Mellon soup, which is usually not well cooked.
And if you don’t go on time, you are likely not to get food because they would say food had finished;
I believe that even prisoners are better fed than us”, one of the corps members lamented.
The Markurdi camp has constant power supply and enough water in the camp.
The fence is not high, but the security personnel are on top of their game.
I give kudos to the NYSC authority in these areas, but the other bad facilities needed to be looked into”, he noted.
From Jos, the Plateau State capital, the authorities of the NYSC are taking precautionary measures to avert sudden loss of lives at the orientation camp.
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Corpers expressed satisfaction with the preparation of quality of meals served them.
They NYSC Jos camp boast of high standard at the level of security provided,
preparation of meals, and convenience in the camp, but it lacked steady power supply, particularly at night,
leading to cases of theft among corps members.
Items such as laptops, handsets, bags with valuable items and money, had severally been carted away by thieves.
However, the greatest challenge facing most corps members which usually affect their health is the weather in Jos,
which has become a source of discomfort to Corpers.
Though satisfied with the state of facilities at the camp,
they wish to relocate from Plateau State as a result of the cold weather.
Interestingly, boiled water vendors have taken advantage of the situation, supplying hot water to corps members at N50 per bucket.
The business is booming, as no corps member would risk bathing with cold water.
NYSC State Coordinator for Plateau, Mr. Salawu Abdulrazak, expressed grief over the recent loss of corps member in Kano, and two other States.
He said the orientation camp in the State had not recorded outbreak of disease or death of any corps member,
adding that the authorities had no reason to compromise feeding as outlined in the NYSC guidelines.
“What we cannot give our children at home, we can’t give it to corps members here on camp because they have been entrusted into our hands;
we prioritized their welfare and anyone who is sick beyond our control is referred immediately to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH),
or given permission to go home for treatment. Pregnant women and those with infant children are not allowed to be drilled;
rather, they are given permission to go home while those who are physically challenged are provided with wheel chairs”, he noted.
Keffi, in Nasarawa State, the NYSC camp, could arguably be among the best, in the country, in terms facilities.
But it lacked adequate space following the rise in the number of corps members deployed to the State.
The facilities at the camp started deteriorating at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east, when the management of NYSC resorted to posting a
high number of corps members to the camp above its capacity.
accommodation, water supply, feeding, the toilets and bathrooms are not in good condition, due to the large population.
Some of corps members lamented that the hostels were over-crowded, with broken windows, cracked walls, flooded bathrooms and stinking toilets.
A corps member at the camp, Emeka Ogochukwu, said they faced health risks due to living in dingy rooms, used as hostels,
infested with bed bugs and the stench of urine, as well as epileptic power and water supply to the camp.
“The appalling condition of the hostel facilities is regretted because NYSC posted more than the capacity of the camp and the hotels are congested.
Instead of having six or eight corps members per room, we are 12 and in most cases, 14 per room, which is not good. We don’t have constant light.
There is no constant water, and our toilets are very bad”, he lamented.
In Minna, the Niger State capital, for the past 30 years, the NYSC authorities in the State have continued to
use part of Government Secondary School Paiko, Paikoro Local Government Area of the State, situated about 20 kilometers from Minna,
the State capital, as its temporary orientation camp.
The camp lacked facilities for human comfort, despite repeated appeals by the NYSC management to successive administrations in the State to
assist in providing a permanent camp.
The only attempt at building a permanent camp was in 2010, when a former governor of the State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu,
awarded N579million contract for the construction of a permanent orientation camp on Minna-Suleja road.
The contract, which the government said was the first phase of the project, was however,
abandoned after the contractor allegedly collected 20 percent of the contract sum, amounting to about N29million as mobilization fee.
LOL Bad Politicians!!!
“Apart from the dilapidated structures you see here, the camp does not have water, no light and no beds.
Yes they are trying in the area of feeding, but the environment is nothing to write home about.
We are here because it is mandatory for us.
Some of the classrooms which they converted to hostels have no windows, some of the beds also don’t have mattresses”,
a corps member at the camp cried.
Another female corps member also sorrowed how lack of toilet and bathroom facilities, had forced them to defecate and bath in the open.
Disturbed by the condition of the temporary camp, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, during a visit, ordered the renovation of some of the structures,
with a promise to look into the possibility of reviving the abandoned permanent orientation camp project.
Six months after he gave the directive for renovation of some structures at the temporary site, nothing has been done.LOL
In Kwara State, it is the same lamentation over infrastructural deficit at the NYSC temporary orientation site at Yikpata,
Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State. Established in 1979, and formerly used as camp by the Citizen and Leadership Training Centre,
the camp is located on the Ilorin- Share-Lafiagi road, which is about one and a half drive from Ilorin, the State capital.
It is surrounded by bushes and make-shift shelters inhabited by Fulani herdsmen.
Corps members do queue with plastic buckets for hours before they could get water to bath or do domestic chores.
With regards to security, sources said a perimeter fence was erected just recently to wade off reptiles and straying Fulani cattle and herdsmen,
which had posed danger to corps members, when the Director General of the scheme visited site. The NYSC boss,
who was said to be shocked on visiting the site, had threatened to shut down the camp.
From Kano, Corps members complained bitterly about the cold weather in the camp, a condition that was worsen by the dam that lies adjacent to the camp.
One area that was emotionally reported was the issue of feeding.
Although views differ on this, it was generally held that the quality and quantity of the feeding arrangement was on a steady decline,
with many corps members resorting to the buying extra food from the Mammy market.
Many corps members were still in shock over the death of them, Miss Oladepo ifedolapo, who died on last Tuesday after she was admitted to the camp.
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From Dutse, in Jigawa State, the camp is adjudged as the best NYSC camp in the country in terms of architectural design and unequalled facilities.
It was constructed by the immediate past administration of Alhaji Sule Lamido at the cost of N800 million and has the capacity to host up to
3,000 corps members at a time.
However, with the present increase in their number, sometimes numbering up to 4000 corps members,
the management of the scheme has since decided to revive the former orientation camp in Gumel to make up for the additional numbers..
Agreement has been madevto re-open the former camp situated at the College of Education, Gumel due to the problems of inadequate facilities.
In Kaduna, the State Coordinator of the Scheme, Prince Muhammed Momoh mentioned
that the welfare and safety of corps members remained a topmost priority as the scheme was determined to
improve on its mandate on daily basis.
According to him, “You have seen for yourself that what we have here is one of the best you can see in the country.
The first thing that comes to the mind of any staff of NYSC is welfare and the safety of corps members.
In fact, we value and care for them than ourselves because we know they are in our care here”.
Plenty plenty talk
The kebbi state NYSC camp has many facilities such as a camp clinic, a vocational centre, f
our male and four female hostels, with 20 rooms each in addition to enough bed spaces for the corps members.
corps members were happy with both medical and welfare arrangements put in place to attend to their needs.
In Gusau, the Zamfara State capital inorder to make the orientation camp more conducive and comfortable for corps members,
Zamfara State Government recently earmarked N30 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the facilities in the camp.
In Sokoto, State NYSC Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Yamma,
said that the establishment of a permanent NYSC Orientation Camp in Sokoto State was his greatest achievement,
adding that “when I resumed office, were conducting our orientation at a temporary site located at Government Technical College,
Farfaru, Sokoto, but through my efforts and the support of the former governor, Senator Aliyu Wamakko,
I was able to secure a permanent orientation camp at Wamakko Local Government for camping of our corps members.”
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