Governor promises to renovate NYSC camp in Kwara   

Tunde Akanbi,Ilorin

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC members in Kwara State

The Kwara State Governor has lamented on the poor condition of the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC members, describing it as ‘not fit for living.’

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said his administration would act quickly to rehabilitate the camp, beginning with fixing the water and health facilities.

“I apologise for the state of your living accommodation. After seeing them, it is like a prison. It is not fit for human living,” Governor AbdulRazaq said.

He was speaking at the official opening and swearing in of the NYSC 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1) at Yikpata Orientation Camp in Edu Local Government Area of the state.

“The people in charge before should have done better. By saying that, I have thrown a challenge to myself and my administration to make things better,” Governor AbdulRazaq stated.

The Governor said he would look at the quick-fixes to make things easier for the corps members such as water and health facilities while others would be considered in the next fiscal years.

He challenged the Corps members to come up with brilliant ideas that can transform the state, saying he would accommodate anyone with better ideas on how to create wealth irrespective of their backgrounds.

“I hope some of you will remain in Kwara to create jobs and take employment. Our philosophy is to create employment and to create services through entrepreneurship…And those of you that have ideas in businesses and wealth creation, our doors are always open to you. We don’t care which state you come from; all we care about is what you can contribute to our society. So, whatever idea you have to improve these facilities, pass it to the top; it will get to me and we will listen. We will make things happen here,’’ he explained.

Governor AbdulRazaq said; “definitely, there will be changes from now on. Your group may not see the full effect of the changes but the subsequent groups will see. In civilian government, as you are aware, we have to appropriate in the State Assembly to get funds to do things. 

“What we can do for you immediately we will do it,’’ he added.

The NYSC camp Coordinator, Mrs Ikupolati Esther lauded the governor for the visit and his promise to help give the facilities a facelift.

“This Governor is a serious-minded person. They have said it and I have seen it. They say that seeing is believing,” she said.

Mrs Ikupolati urged the corps members to do their best to serve the country in Kwara State.


Mercy Chukwudiebere