The National Youths Service Corps has begun moves to develop a 6,0000-capacity orientation camp in Lagos to give room for the posting of more corps members to the state.
The Lagos Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Mohammed Momoh, said this during a briefing on the activities of the NYSC and projects embarked upon after his deployment to Lagos.
According to him, the current facility used as orientation camp is designed as a youth centre and inadequate to accommodate a large number of corps members.
He said, “A lot of corps members relocate to Lagos because we have the highest absorptive capacity for areas of the primary assignment but unfortunately we have a low capacity for the orientation exercise. At the end of the orientation exercise, sometimes, we have additional 3,000 corps members coming in. We don’t want to overstretch the facility because it may lead to problems.
“A land has been given to us in Agbowa and we have been meeting government functionaries to sensitise them to the need for the development of a 6,000-capacity orientation course camp, as the minimum for Lagos. I am happy to announce that we have got cooperation and support from everybody that we have discussed with so far. We will be having the foundation laying ceremony in 2018.’’
Momoh advised prospective corps members to disclose their health challenges to officials at the camp. He said that doing so would not result in automatic disqualification from service.
He said, “We advise the corps members to be vaccinated before coming to camps. We value their health so much because it is the person that is alive that can productively serve his/her nation. We have been sensitising prospective corps members to the need to declare their true state of health. Their health status will not disqualify them from going for national service.’’