The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has fixed July 24 as date for the commencement of the Corps 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream I Orientation course. The Corps in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, noted that the course will last till Monday 13th August, 2018. The Statement noted that the Director-General of the Scheme, Brig-Gen Suleiman Kazaure made this known Monday at a pre-orientation meeting of the NYSC Management with State Coordinators and Camp Commandants in Abuja. Kazaure said details regarding the conduct of the stream II edition of the Orientation Course would be released in due course. He urged the Coordinators to communicate policy issues discussed at the meeting to camp officials for effective conduct of the programme. He expressed delight at the level of success recorded during the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course, adding: “I was impressed with what I saw in some states, especially with regards to the implementation of the skills acquisition programme, feeding of Corps Members, camp sanitation as well as the quality of accommodation’’. ‘‘Notwithstanding the successes recorded, the states faced some challenges which I expect this gathering to discuss with a view to charting ways forward,” the Director General added. He further opined, “It is necessary that you take note of the current issues and policies of the Scheme so as to align your operations with the Management’s areas of focus, and to ensure uniformity of programme implementation in orientation camps nationwide”. The Director-General said State Coordinators, who make giant strides towards the successful execution of the Orientation course, would be rewarded while those found to be operating at variance with the Scheme’s core values would be sanctioned. Kazaure directed the Coordinators to pay adequate attention to issues of security and general welfare of Corps Members, adding that they must ensure strict compliance with the Management’s directives on healthcare, feeding, accommodation and Camp sanitation, amongst others.