The Federal Government has inaugurated the new National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Permanent Orientation Camp in Boro town, Kaiama Local Government Area of the Bayelsa State.
The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, during the inauguration, commended Governor Duoye Diri for providing a conducive environment through several gestures for the NYSC Bayelsa State Secretariat, which has enhanced the smooth conduct of the scheme’s operations.
Dare said the completion of the new orientation camp is another clear testimony of the Governor’s passion for the progress of the Nigerian youths, who are being trained and mentored for citizenship and leadership roles on the platform of NYSC.
The minister, who was represented at the ceremony by the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed, said the Governor’s administration had produced lots of people-oriented policies and programmes which have resulted in dividends of democracy.
He stated further that the facilities at the orientation camp would not only ensure the smooth conduct of orientation courses but also serve as a morale booster to corps members, including the camp officials.
“I assure you that we shall continue to reciprocate the gesture through the deployment of Corps Members that would contribute to the development of their host communities and the State in general,” Dare said.
Speaking further, he appealed to other State Governors to upgrade the facilities in their respective Orientation Camps to accommodate at least five thousand Corps Members.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Duoye Diri, in his remarks, directed that two new additional hostels be constructed at the orientation camp, one for male and another for female corps members.
He said this would provide a friendly accommodation for successive batches of corps members that would be deployed to the state.
The Governor also directed that each corps member should be paid N10,000 as transport allowance from the camp to their respective places of primary assignment.
“We will continue to partner with Federal agencies for the overall development of our State and the country,” the Governor said.