Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, on Thursday described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a potent tool for actualising the objectives of the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and resettlement programmes of the state government.
Zulum stated this at the inauguration of the 2019 Batch B, Stream II corps members at the Borno State Temporary Orientation Camp, Government Science Secondary School, Batagarawa in Katsina.
Mr Sada Yahaya, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) in charge of Borno, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Zulum, who was represented by Alhaji Mahmud Ghazali, the Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, said that corps members had made positive contributions in the reconstruction, resettlement and peace building process in the state.
He also called on the corps members posted to the state, not to relocate to other places, urging them to stay and contribute to the reconstruction, rebuilding and resettlement process.
“The state government has initiated reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement programme aimed at complementing the successes recorded by the Federal Government in the fight against terrorism.
“I urge you not to contemplate relocating to other states, but rather, come to Borno so that you can key into our recovery and development programmes, as well as contribute your quota in rebuilding the state”, he said.
Zulum said the state government would support Federal Government’s efforts to re-position the scheme for greater performance, to enable it to contribute to national development.
In his remark, Alhaji Rabiu Aminu, Borno Coordinator of NYSC, said 800 corps members were registered at the camp, adding that they comprised of 430 males and 370 females.
Aminu sought for the state government support in the provision of a utility vehicle to enhance monitoring and supervision, as well as provision of hostels to accommodate increasing number of corps members posted to the state.
He also called for effective measures to address delays and ensure prompt payment of allowances to corps members.
“With the return of normalcy and relative peace in Borno, the number of corps members willing to serve in the state, is on the increase.
“This is also attributable to the state government’s effort in providing welfare package and adequate security measures put in place to safeguard lives and property of corps members”, he said.
The coordinator commended the state government for its support to the scheme.