By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kaduna State Government has said it will set up an inter-ministerial committee to liaise with critical stakeholders to provide corps lodges and transit hostels for corps members in the state.
El-Rufai stated this during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch “C” Stream 1 orientation course for 2,200 corps members at the Black Gold Orientation Camp, Kaduna on Monday.
“To this end, an inter-ministerial committee will soon be set up to liaise with critical stakeholders like Local Government Councils, proprietors of schools and healthcare institutions, to encourage the NYSC Scheme implement seamlessly the rural-oriented posting policy to enable corps members go to places where their services are needed most in the state,” he said.
El-Rufai who was represented by the Commissioner for Social Development and Human Services, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, enjoined all employers of corps labour in the state to accept corps members posted to them and also make them comfortable to encourage them give their best in serving the country.
He further assured the corps members of their safety in any part of the state they are posted to serve; adding that Government will continue to recognize and reward those corps members who perform excellently at the end of the service year.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the closing ceremony, the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shuaibu, said Governor El-Rufai is a serious minded person; hence, he was at the Camp to witness the event.
He said the Scheme is working and is quite essential because it has contributed greatly to national development, as through the orientation exercise, unity, integration and cohesion is promoted among Nigerians.
“When I interacted with the corps members to know how many of them have been to Kaduna state before, 80 per cent of them said they have not been to this part of the country. Everybody has a story to tell about NYSC, so it is very important and would continue to play its dominant role in promotion of unity in this country,” he said.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the Scheme, Mallam Isa Wana, had urged the new corps members to respect the culture and traditions of the people and do their best to identify with their challenges and aspirations.
He commended the State Government for sustaining the ongoing upgrading of key camp facilities; saying the NYSC is delighted with the speed and quality of work so far carried out in the construction of the new hostel block for male corps members.
According to him; “It is our earnest wish that work on similar structure for female corps members will begin very soon as promised.”