National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Members deployed to serve in Gombe State for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream II are calling on the State Government and other authorities to wade in and prevent a possible outbreak of an epidemic following poor sanitary condition in their temporary orientation camp.
According to the Corps members, who spoke on condition of anonymity three days after the camp was declared open, the camp is not conducive due to lack of portable water and other essential sanitary needs as they use pit toilet, which is a threat to their health.
Authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have appealed to the state government to speed up work at the alternative temporary orientation camp at Doho in Kwami local government area of Gombe state.
The Gombe State Coordinator, Mr. Ibeh Chidube, made the appeal while speaking to newsmen at the NYSC’s temporary orientation camp located at Government Day Science Technical School, Amada Village in Akko Local Government Area of the state.
He stated that Gombe state is supposed to be receiving 3,500 Corps Members in each stream but cannot do so because of the condition of the temporary camp, which cannot accommodate more than 1, 500.
“Because of the condition of our camp, the Corps Members that were supposed to be in Gombe are posted to other states,” he said.
Chidube said because of lack of facilities in the temporary camp, classrooms and offices were converted to Hostels; even as the same classroom is used for male and female clinic ward.
He also said they (NYSC) buy water because there is a serious problem of potable water in the camp as well as poor sanitary condition.
“This is a secondary school, whenever there is camp, we dislodge the children and it is not good for the development of education in the state,” he added.
Commenting, Dr Daniel Musa, Head of Civil Service and Chairman NYSC Governing Council, Gombe state, said the state government was working towards providing an alternative orientation camp at Doho Community in Kwami LGA.
Chairman of the House Committee on Youth Development, Hon. Segun Adekola had during an inspection tour to the NYSC camp described it as inhabitable and also expressed reservation over the level of concern the state shows to Corps members deployed to them.
It was gathered that the State was expected to receive 3,500 Corps members, but only 1,664 corps members, comprising of only 300 females, were registered as at the time of swearing-in on Friday. The permanent orientation camp built by immediate past governor of the State, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje was volunteered to the Federal Government for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko-Haram members by the current administration of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.