The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Sunday approved the relocation of NYSC camp from Obubra in Obubra Local Government Area to Awi in Akamkpa LGA.
While it was alleged that the suspected relocation might be linked to the death of a serving corps member, Onwuegbuzie Stanley-Samuel, who died of Lassa fever two weeks ago, the state NYSC was quick to deny the claims.
The deceased corps member was serving in Community Secondary School in Ofodua in Obubra LGA.
But in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abdullahi Yuguda, the state NYSC said that the relocation was to allow for renovation of the permanent camp.
It urged corps members who just got their call up letters to resume at the temporary camp at the Cross River State College of Education in Awi, Akamkpa LGA.
The statement read in part, “The Cross River State government has approved the College of Education in Akamkpa LGA as temporary camp for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ NYSC orientation course.
“This is as a result of the ongoing renovation of the NYSC permanent orientation camp located in Obubra LGA.
“The state coordinator, NYSC, Mrs. Ambekemo Eniola, appreciates Governor Ben Ayade’s administration for paying attention to the deplorable facilities at the permanent camp. With the speed of the ongoing work, there is hope for the NYSC to host the next batch at Obubra.”
The state coordinator debunked reports that attributed the decision to relocate the camp due to outbreak of Lassa fever.
Eniola said, “Media reports attributing the decision to relocate the camp to Lassa fever outbreak was wrong.”
She added that critical inspections were carried out at the new venue which she described as conducive and having the capacity to absorb the 2,000 prospective corps members expected for the orientation course.
Prospective Batch A Corps Members Posted to Obubra in Obubra Local Government Area are therefore requested to Re-print their call-up letters immediately.