Corps members who are serving in Minna, the capital of Niger State have voiced out about the present condition of the orientation camp. News of the poor living condition broke after newsmen visited the camp to check on the activities of Corps Members.
Virtually all corps members at the orientation camp had something to complain about, according to the corps members, the living conditions at the orientation camp are dehumanizing and difficult to cope with
Emeka Okechukwu, a Corp’s member serving in Niger state didn’t have a problem when he got to Paiko, a town about 25 kilometres away from Minna which is the capital city until he arrived at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in the town.
According to him, the ill state of the orientation camp left some corps members in dismay regretting coming to the state to serve their country.
“I am not happy about the fact that my colleagues and I have to sit and sleep on the bare floor in the camp, it’s dehumanizing. The floor is infested with dangerous insects including bedbugs.”
“The temporary orientation camp in Niger State is nothing to write home about; the whole place looks desolated and I wonder why NYSC would allow such a camp to exist.”
“I am begging the state government to address the condition of corps members whom NYSC posted here for national service. Most of us are from states where they take adequate care of corps members.”
Another corps member, Mustapha Jalingo, also described the plights of the camp as unacceptable, saying,
“Imagine corps members sleeping on the bare floor because they want to serve their father’s land. This camp is the worst place for human habitation.”
“With what we can see in the camp, it is clear that the state government is unaffected to the condition of corps members posted to the state.”
“Niger State orientation camp looks like the worst refugee camp you can think of; in fact, they brought us here to suffer us for nothing. If the state government is not ready to do the needful, the NYSC should redeploy us to another state.”
According to Joy Peters, another corps member, Niger State should stop taking corps members until it is able to provide a proper camp that can host them.
“If the state government is not ready to take adequate care of the corps members and meet up to the standard of other orientation centres in the Country, corps shouldn’t be deployed here to avoid embarrassment.”
Similarly, Joy Moses, who is currently undergoing her national service in the state, described the condition in the camp as horrible.
“They do not have a camp in Niger State; looking at the state of the school being used as an orientation camp, I told my colleagues that the school was not being used by pupils before we got there.”
“The roofs were all bad, there were no bunks, and we had to look for stones to put planks of wood on and it is on the planks of wood that we put our mattresses.”
“There are only four pit latrines and no bathroom in the camp. I wouldn’t have believed that such conditions existed in modern-day Nigeria if I had been told. There was no potable water as a big reservoir there had dirty water in it.”
The Director-General of NYSC in the State, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, recently when speaking to newsmen threatened to close down the orientation camp in the state, describing it as “The worst NYSC orientation camp in the country”.
“The facilities are grossly inadequate, the hostels, the toilets, everything is inadequate. Niger State orientation camp is the worst in the federation. I have met with the governor personally and I am dismayed that he has not fulfilled his promise concerning the orientation camp.
“We are not closing down the camp yet, we will give the government the benefit of the doubt. We will give him time to see what will happen but he should know that Niger State camp is the worst camp in the federation.”
Efforts to reach Jibrin Ndace, Chief Press Secretary to Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, were not successful as he neither answered his calls nor returned them.