The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has promised to assist the FCT National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with a new camp site in the territory.
The Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, who made this known in Abuja while welcoming to her office the new FCT Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr. Frank Okey Ekpunobi, said a new camp would help to ensure a more secured environment for the corps members.
“I am concerned about the current NYSC Camp in FCT. We need to make it conducive for our young people. We need a safe environment for your young people. We have promise that we would provide land for FCT NYSC as part of our agenda to decongest the city.
“The Board of FCT NYSC would also need to include it in its 2013 Budget in order for us to accommodate this. If it is not captured in the budget, it is difficult to accommodate. We will ensure that we have a conducive and secure camp for the Corps,” she said.
She said the FCTA would continue to partner with the NYSC towards the realization of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government and the FCT.
Earlier, the FCT Coordinator of the NYSC had commended the FCTA administration for the transformation in the territory, particularly roads construction, satellite towns’ development and low crime rate.
He, however, solicited the intervention of the administration in providing a new camp for the NYSC.
“The office, which we are currently staying, is not conducive for effective administration. We require the help of the FCT Administration in the area of new camp for corps members and also housing for staff of the FCT NYSC,” Ekpunobi said.
The NYSC scheme was established on May 22, 1973 by the Federal Government as part of measures to encourage the development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and also promote national unity.
The scheme aims at inculcating in Nigerian Youths the spirit of selfless service to the community, and to emphasize the spirit of oneness of all Nigerians, irrespective of cultural or social background.