Adamawa State Governor, Senator Umar Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow has assured the management, staff and members of the state National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of the state government’s concerted efforts to revert back to hosting the Orientation Course in the state.
Governor Jibrilla Bindow gave this hint while performing the official swearing in ceremony of the 2015 Batch ‘B’ NYSC Orientation Course held at the Taraba State Permanent Orientation Camp, Jalingo.
Represented by the Adamawa State Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Barr. Suleiman Sambo Zumo who doubles as the Commissioner, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Gov. Bindow disclosed that the idea hosting NYSC orientation exercise outside NYSC camp in Yola, the state capital was unconnected to the operations of the Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
He pointed out that people who were chased out of their homes as a result of the incessant attacks by the insurgents; Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were currently taking refuge at the state NYSC Orientation Camp in Yola.
“We have IDPs occupying our NYSC Camp, IDPs are human beings who also deserve Government’s care”, he said.
Governor Jibrilla Bindow further pledged making the State NYSC Orientation Camp available before the commencement of another exercise, saying before then, IDPs would have returned to their respective homes through government’s arrangement.
Addressing the newly deployed Corps members, who were about 2800 in number, the Governor enjoined them to continue to be an embodiment of discipline, honesty and selflessness charging them to always remain steadfast and concentrate on the lessons of the orientation exercise which according to him is meant to groom them for bigger challenges in the larger society.
According to the Governor, “Our administration will continue to accord priority to the security and overall welfare of Corps members serving in the State”.
He also reiterated the state government’s willingness to work out a more stimulating and sustainable state allowance for Corps members, adding that government will honour those who touch the lives and impact on their host communities with Community Development (CD) projects.
Earlier, in his address of welcome, the Adamawa State NYSC Coordinator, Umaru Jauro Daniel, appreciated the state government for always finding it worthy to assist the NYSC scheme.
He appealed for more collaborative support and assistance in the areas of increment of Corps members’ allowance, subvention, utility vehicle, payment of Corps members’ medical bill, state honour award with automatic employment to corps members and residence accommodation for the state Coordinator.
The State Coordinator while congratulating the corps members for their various achievements in high institutions of learning and for finding themselves worthy to be mobilized to Adamawa State for their one year compulsory national service added that camp life is regulated and strict adherence to the rules and regulations is mandatory.
He charged them to always be guided by the NYSC by-law saying, the NYSC management will work very hard to ensure the provision of basic amenities at the Camp to make them comfortable.
– Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo