Camp resumption: NYSC vows to enforce Covid-19 guidelines

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has promised to enforce strict compliance of all safety guidelines approved by the National Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in all its Orientation Camps across the country.

The NYSC camps will reopen on Tuesday nationwide for corps to continue their orientation course.

Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this during the 2020 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Orientation Workshop in Jos, Plateau state.

The workshop had: “Evolving a Dynamic Operational Strategy in the Management of Camps in the Context of COVID-19,” as its theme.

In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the NYSC, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, the DG stated that since the outbreak of the virus in the country, the scheme had not recorded any case among its corps members and staff.

Ibrahim said management would continue to evaluate the conduct of orientation course as well as restrategize towards enhancing its success due to its critical role as a launchpad for the Service Year.

The NYSC boss stated that though the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges to the socio-economic activities in the country and the rest of the world, the NYSC scheme, being a dynamic organisation remained visible, especially through complementary contributions of corps members at containing the pandemic.

“Management is committed to ensuring that no camp records an outbreak of the virus.

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“The 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course has suspended abruptly on the 18th of March, 2020 to avoid the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Orientation Camps.

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“In line with the current realities, our approach to the conduct of the forthcoming Orientation Course will focus on proper induction of Corps Members on core ideals of the Scheme, with equal attention paid to the approved safety protocols,” he stated.

The NYSC DG urged the workshop participants to fashion out other strategies for the successful conduct of the forthcoming orientation course.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that an environment that is conducive is crucial to the success of the Orientation programme, and indeed the entire Service Year.

“Management considers as highly commendable, the improvements in camp development in some states,” he added.

The director-general appealed to State Governments to upgrade and expand camp facilities to adequately serve the increasing corps population.



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