NYSC orientation: DG charges states on COVID-19 protocols

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has directed all NYSC state and FCT coordinators to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols in all camps of the scheme nationwide.

The DG gave this directive while interacting with management of the Scheme and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during a virtual meeting held as part of preparations for the conduct of the forthcoming Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course scheduled to commence on January 19, 2021.

In a statement by the director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the DG expressed gratitude to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for considering re-opening of the orientation camps, saying corps members were critical change agents in the national development agenda as their potentials would continue to be effectively harnessed in the health, education and other vital sectors of the national economy.

He added that “necessary facilities that will enhance compliance with COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Protocols have been provided in the camps while Prospective Corps Members and camp officials will all be subjected to COVID-19 tests as precondition for entry into the Orientation Camps.”

Ibrahim said Corps Vanguards and enforcement teams have been constituted for all the Camps, as a measure to ensure strict compliance, as well as support the national response efforts in stemming the tide of the new wave of the pandemic.

The NCDC team, led by Dr. Oyeladun Okunromade, in their various presentations during the meeting, described the NYSC response to COVID-19 pandemic as a functional model, currently being considered for replication in other sectors to enhance community testing, thus, safeguarding the health of the nation.