By George Daniya



Niger State Government has said that it will not neglect any collaboration it enters with the Federal Government.

The state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso disclosed this when he paid a facility assessment visit to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, Paiko, Niger State, Tuesday.

He said that it was never in the character of this present administration to defect from the activities of the federal government.

He said the state government was committed to providing infrastructures for all federal agencies in the state including the NYSC.

Alhaji Ketso said that the state government was fully aware of their role as contained in the NYSC act and will not shy away from doing them.

According to reports making the rounds that corps members were sleeping on the floor in the camp, the deputy governor said they were unfounded.

“The report made against the Niger State we believe is unfounded we decided to come here physically to inspect the existing infrastructure, now we have seen it.

“We are not here to join issues with anyone, we want to see the claim made by one of the newspapers, it is never in the character of this government to abandon Federal Government collaboration, at any giving time we try to cement our relationship”, he said.

He added that 13 hostels were renovated, adding that efforts were being made to improve on the deficit identified even as resources made available to the state were limited.

The deputy governor assured that amidst the financial challenges they will continue to do their best to improve on the infrastructures in the camp.

The State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Ibukun Arokoyo said that it was untrue that corps members were sleeping on the floor and with the camp lacking in bathroom and toilets provision.

“My corps members have not complained about not having toilets or bathrooms and there is no corps member, no corp member in this camp is sleeping on the floor.

“That report is wrong I have shown you seven facilities you can go inside and check eight toilets, eight bathrooms for the female alone. For the male on the other side, we have 26 toilets and 36 bathrooms for corps members”.

According to her, there were still hostels that were vacant with no corps members in them and so described the floor sleeping report by corps members as false.

The coordinator added that even the August set of corps members who were 2200 none of the corps members slept on the floor.

She said that though there are some challenges which needed to be addressed and that the state government was already aware of those issues and have promised to tackle them.