The Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has condemned the state of the NYSC orientation camp in the state, saying that the camp feels like a penitentiary, not fit for human living.
The governor, who made an unscheduled visit to the camp on Wednesday, assured that his administration would do something quickly to renovate the camp.
He, however, disclosed that he would begin with fixing the water and health facilities of the camp.
“I apologise for the state of your accommodation. It feels like a penitentiary, not fit for human living.
“The people in charge before should have done better, but by saying that, I have thrown a challenge to myself and my administration to make things better,” Mr AbdulRazaq said.
The governor said that he would look for a quick way to make basic things easier for the corps members while others would be considered in the next fiscal years.
Mr AbdulRazaq challenged the varsity graduates to come up with brilliant ideas that can transform the state, saying he would accommodate anyone with better ideas on how to create wealth irrespective of their backgrounds.
“I hope some of you will remain in Kwara to create jobs and take employment. Our philosophy is to create employment and to create services through entrepreneurship.
“Those of you that have ideas in businesses and wealth creation, our doors are always open to you. We don’t care which state you come from; all we care about is what you can contribute to our society.
“So, whatever idea you have to improve these facilities, pass it to the top; it will get to me and we will listen. We will make things happen here. Definitely, there will be changes from now on,” he stated.
The governor told the corps members that their group may not see the full effect of the changes, but the subsequent groups will.
“In civilian government, as you are aware, we have to appropriate in the State Assembly to get funds to do things.
“What we can do for you immediately we will do it,’’ he assured.
Received by the NYSC state coordinator, Esther Ikupolati, the governor was taken round the facilities at the camp.
The state coordinator, Mrs Ikupolati commended the governor for the visit and his promise to help give the facilities a face-lift.
“This governor is serious-minded. They have said it and I have seen it.
“They say that seeing is believing,” she said, urging the corps members to do their best to serve the country in Kwara.