By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Mr. Jingi Denis, NYSC State coordinator Abia State has continued his visit to major stakeholders in the state, with his last visit on Thursday to the Commander 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Ohafia, Brigadier General Musa Ibrahim.
Addressing the Brigade Commander, Mr Jingi thanked him for the prompt response given to his request for the visit, which to him, is an indication of the value the Army places on the scheme as her brainchild. He also appreciated the Commander for the caliber of men his office has been sending to the NYSC camp during orientation programmes, in addition to the various survillace given by the Army to corps lodges across the state, an effort which he said has led to effective security of life and properties of corps members in the state.
He further said that he was dually brief by his predecessor about the supports and cordial relationship that existed between the command and NYSC and prayed that such support and cordial relationship will be extended to him during his tenure as state coordinator.
In his response, the General who is proposing a two year service term for corps members, assured the coordinator of more of his commands cooperation and support as was given to his predecessor. ‘We will continue to cooperate well, and very well with you’, he assured the coordinator.
In his opinion NYSC should be made a two year programme, in which corps members would have six months intensive military training, another six months of intensive Skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programme and the last twelve months for core service, as is done in some countries of the world.
On posting of corps members, the General is of the school of thought that corps members should not be posted to cooperate bodies like, banks, government houses, NNPC, etc, rather they should be posted to where they will actually feel the pulse of the people, to the extent that when they eventually find themselves in positions of authority, they will understand the sufferings of the people under their leadership.
Speaking on the conduct of the corps members posted to his command, General Ibrahim commended them for their good conduct and high level of discipline; as our children, ‘we have no option than to take good care of them’, the general said.
In the company of the Coordinator during the visit, are the Assistant Director, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, (SAED), Personal Assistant to the Coordinator, Ms Chinyere Nwachukwu, the Zonal and Local Government Inspectors Ohafia, Mr Emmanuel Ogbonnia and Mr Chidi Chigbu respectively.
While with the Brigade commander to receive the NYSC coordinator in his conference room are, Lt. Col. Nagada, Major TB Pilla and Captain I. Dauda