In a remarkable gesture of support and care, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State made an impactful visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Maiduguri. The visit marked a significant milestone as the camp resumed operation after a hiatus of 13 years.
Governor Zulum, while addressing the corps members, unveiled his decision to contribute N36.4 million as palliative assistance to the 1,215 youth corps members who had been deployed to the state for their mandatory national service.
To further augment their experience, Zulum allocated an assortment of essential supplies. These included 100 bags of rice, 10 cows, 10 bags of 100 kg of beans, and 10 gallons of cooking oil. The governor emphasized that these provisions were aimed at enhancing their stay during the ongoing three-week orientation camping period.
During his address, Governor Zulum conveyed, “We want to extend palliatives to members of the National Youth Service Corps. Each one of you will receive the sum of N30,000, that amount will be credited to your accounts as soon as your bank details are provided to me.”
He continued, “In addition to that, we have provided you with 100 bags of rice, 10 bags of 100kg beans, 10 gallons of cooking oil and 10 bulls.”
Governor Zulum also used the occasion to inspire the corps members to uphold peace and unity. He implored them to live harmoniously among themselves and contribute to the growth and development of the country.
“I want you to be dedicated and loyal to constituted authorities. Make friends in this part of the country so that together we can build a prosperous Nigeria with sustainable economic growth and development,” the governor urged.
Expressing gratitude, Governor Zulum acknowledged the improved security situation in Borno State, which paved the way for the return of the NYSC orientation camp to Maiduguri. In previous years, due to the activities of insurgents, the federal government had suspended the hosting of the NYSC orientation camp in Maiduguri. Instead, batches of corps members were directed to undertake their three-week orientation camping in Bauchi and Katsina States before being deployed to Borno State for their primary assignments.
Governor Zulum’s benevolent visit underscored his commitment to the well-being and growth of the young minds engaged in national service, while also highlighting the collective effort to restore peace and normalcy to the region.