The allegation that the living condition and general welfare of National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) members at the Kaduna State orientation camp were poor has been refuted by the State coordinator, Mrs Victoria Ango who described the allegation as false and malicious.
Ango who spoke to newsmen in Kaduna explained that at no time did the Kaduna camp host a larger number of corps members than its capacity of 3,000. She added that in the 2012 Batch A and B, 700 and 2,507 corps members respectively were hosted which was less than the 3,000 capacity.
It would be recalled that one of the corps members had reported in a national daily that corps members at the Kaduna orientation camp were sleeping in the toilets.
The coordinator however said, “given the current population, an entire block of hostel with the capacity to accommodate 300 corps members is completely unoccupied and there is another female hostel block not fully inhabited due to insufficient corps participants, how then could accommodation be denied any corps member, let alone allocated to toilet?” she queried.
She equally explained that, NYSC had a policy not to isolate corps members in camp, so as not to give room for any hidden activity that may conflict with moral standard in society.
“Food, medicine and water (which are the only basic daily supplies directly handled by the NYSC) at the camp are enough at the Kaduna camp and corps members receive them at no cost. Intake of food is however a matter of individual choice,” she added.