The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has held a lecture event to mark the 50th anniversary of the scheme in the country, with an urgent call for rehabilitation of its permanent site in Abia State.
The call was made by Dr Gift Candida, the Assistant Director, Human Resources of Abia NYSC office, while delivering the lecture titled Five Decades of Fostering National Unity and Development.
She appealed to the Abia State Government, corporate bodies and able individuals in the State to assist the NYSC in the provision of needed infrastructure in the permanent site and Umunna, Bende LGA and NYSC State office in Umuahia.
She lamented that many employers found it hard to pay corps members allowances or provide accommodation for them.
She listed some of the achievements of NYSC in the country to include agricultural and educational development, healthcare delivery, unity, skills acquisition and sanitation of host areas.
In her own address, Abia State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Dick UfuomaIruenabere, complained about decaying infrastructure at the schemes permanent site in Umunna Bende LGA, which she said has been under erosion menace.
Iruenabere listed the areas affected in the permanent camp to include the parade ground, hostel and staff quarters and appealed to the Abia State Government and corporate organizations to come to their aid.
Immediate intervention is needed to implement erosion control measures to prevent further damage to the camps infrastructure, she appealed.
Apart from these, Iruenabere complained that State Secretariat in Umuahia did not have adequate office space and utilities, saying that the poor infrastructure was affecting smooth service delivery.
She used the event to announce that Abia State NYSC came first in the maiden NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) competition held in Abuja.