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2,303 prospective corps members begin orientation course in FCT


Abuja –  No fewer than 2,303 graduates from various tertiary institutions within and outside the country on Wednesday commenced orientation course for the mandatory one year national youth service in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Mr Omotayo Adewoye, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), FCT Coordinator, said this after the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, inspected facilities at the Permanent Orientation Camp in Kubwa, Abuja.
Adewoye said that the figure may likely increase to 2,500 before the end of the three weeks orientation exercise as the scheme was expecting more prospective corps members to register and partake in the service year.
The coordinator, who lauded the computerised system of registering corps members, said the system had so far enabled the scheme eliminate fake corps members and individuals who send others to serve on their behalf.
“The computerised system of registration is faster, less stressful and highly result oriented.
“Most of the registration process has already been done by the corps members what they only need to do now in camp is for us to authenticate their registration.
“We have all the details we need in our system so when they present their biometric capture and finger print the details of their registration shows allowing us to confirm.
“Anyone who is not the owner of the finger print used during registration is sent out.
“This has enabled us to fish out fake corps members that is those who have not graduated and want to fraudulently come into the scheme or those who register but send other people to come and serve on their behalf,” Adewoye said.
He said that the hostels, toilets and bathrooms were ready and 24-hour water supply made available to ensure that corps members were comfortable during the orientation course.
Adewoye said that although the orientation camp had been disconnected from the power supply, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had promised to address the problem within a week.
According to the coordinator, the corps had created another alternative source of power which is the generator and since corps members came in we have made power supply available to them.
He urged the incoming corps members to obey the rules and regulations of the NYSC in order to ensure a successful service year.
Adewoye said that the scheme would ensure it played the parental role it was mandated to play for the next one year, but urged corps members to be obedient and participate in all activities.
He said “this is meant to groom and train them as leaders of tomorrow’’.
Besides, he enjoined the corps members to join the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED), which was aimed to arming them with necessary skills needed to be self-employed.
“They can receive this skill training and in turn train others around them especially the less privileged who cannot go to school or have the avenue to receive any skill training,” the coordinator said.
Miss Kwila Sonita, one of the newly registered corps members, lauded the registration process, saying it is organised, stress free and less tedious.
Sonita, a graduate of Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger state, said that the registration was done in accordance with corps members geopolitical zones which made the process better organised.
She said that she hoped to impact positively on the lives of others during the service year.
“I have a creative mind and I want to showcase that creativity during the service year. I am an entrepreneur; I am into liquid soap production and I wish to take this product everywhere to be used by everyone,” Sonita said.
Another newly registered corps member, Mr Olusegun Akerele, who was also a graduate of FUT, Minna, said the registration and clearance process for corps members was not a stressful one.
Akerele said that during the service year he hoped to gather the required knowledge which would help him be independent in the future.
However, he urged the management of the scheme to improve on service delivery to corps members to make their one year mandatory national service fruitful.
The director-general of the scheme urged corps members to be disciplined, hardworking and law abiding during the service year.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kazaure inspected the hostels, bakery, table water factory and the water treatment plant at the camp.
He also inspected the ongoing registration process of prospective corps members.
Corps members duly registered will serve under the 2016 Batch ‘A’ stream one. (NAN)

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