FG lauds Diri on new NYSC camp in Bayelsa

Kaiama—The Federal Government has commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, for the new National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in the state.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Chief Sunday Dare, also hailed the robust support from the state government that ensured the completion of the permanent orientation camp in Boro Town, Kaiama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.

While inaugurating the project at the weekend, the Youth and Sports Minister, who was represented by the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara-Ahmed, noted that the facilities will boost the morale of staff and corps members due to the quality of infrastructure at the camp.

He stressed that the NYSC will reciprocate the magnanimity of the state government by ensuring an increased quota of corps members to the state.

“Let me on behalf of the National Youth Service Corps congratulate you on the accomplishment made so far in the delivery of democracy dividends.

“It is also gratifying to note that a state government under your leadership has continued to demonstrate support to the NYSC.

“This you have done through several times gestures that have enhanced the smooth conduct of our operations, including regular payment of monthly state allowance of corps members as well as provision of transport fare upon completion of their national service.

“The provision of this permanent orientation camp is another testimony of your passion for the progress of Nigerian youths, who are being trained for citizenship and leadership roles on the platform of this noble scheme.

“Indeed, this facility will not only ensure the efficient conduct of orientation courses. It will also serve as a morale booster to both corps members and corps officials.

“We shall continue to reciprocate your kind gesture through the deployment of more corps members to contribute to the development of the state and their host communities.”

The minister congratulated Governor Diri on his third anniversary in office and for his youth-friendly policies, which he said have impacted not only youths of the state but Nigerian youths at large.

In his remarks, Diri recalled how the orientation camp was sited in its present location when he was Commissioner for Youth and Sports during the late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha administration.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah quoted Diri as expressing satisfaction that his vision and desire for the state NYSC permanent orientation camp became a reality at the time he is governor of the state.

He said: “The moment my predecessor took over as governor, one of the projects he had in mind was the construction of a permanent orientation camp here in Kaiama and I am so happy that my vision has been fulfilled.

“Initially, there were some challenges associated with youth restiveness and this facility was not spared. But I was determined that this orientation camp must be put to use.

“So, in consultation with the NYSC, we fenced round the camp and ensured that solar lights were put in place apart from the renovation and other facilities we constructed to make this camp what it is now.”

He also directed that new hostels be built for male and female corps members as well as that a memo is forwarded for payment of transport allowance to each corps member at the end of their orientation.

Diri charged corps members that are INEC ad hoc staff during the general election to live above board by resisting the influence of politicians who buy votes.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Moses Teibowei, said the NYSC camp, which was located temporarily at Government College, Kaiama, became inconvenient when their activities began to clash with the school curriculum.

Teibowei asserted that in line with the governor’s desire to deliver vital projects, the ministry commenced the rehabilitation of the vandalized structure inherited from his predecessor.

He noted that additional structures were added to the already existing facility, including a generator house, volleyball pitch, 30-unit external toilets, installation of solar lights and construction of a network of roads.

Also speaking, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Charity Okpalifo, thanked the governor for being accessible, describing him as a companionate and pragmatic leader.

Present at the ceremony was the wife of the governor, Dr Gloria Diri, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, other state legislators as well as the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Solomon Agwana among other top government functionaries.

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