In an apparent move to forestall casualty from the ravaging Covid-19 virus, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that all Prospective Corps Members and other Camp participants for the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Exercise would undergo compulsory Covid-19 testing and only those who test negative would be allowed entry into the camps.
A press statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, NYSC, Emeka Mgbemena said the NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this during a live joint webinar by NYSC/NCDC organised for the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Prospective Corps Members on Friday, February 18, 2022.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that the Scheme had not recorded any Covid-19 outbreak in its camps since the advent of the pandemic, this could be attributed to its proactiveness.
The DG disclosed that those that test positive to COVID-19 would be handed over to the NCDC and State Ministry of Health Officials for treatment.
General lbrahim revealed that the collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has yielded good results, adding that since the partnership started, no casualty has been recorded in any of the Scheme’s Orientation Camps across the country.
The Director-General lauded the Federal Government, Presidential Committee on COVID-19 and the NCDC for their support for the Scheme, especially in the conduct of hitch-free Orientation Camps since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
Ibrahim advised the Prospective Corp Members to be security conscious, avoid night journeys, while also counselling them to break any journey that would extend beyond 6:00pm.
“You can pass the night in any NYSC Orientation camp, NYSC Secretariats, Corps Members’ Lodge, Military and security formations.
“I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity because NYSC is a platform for those that are serious.
“Posting and other services in NYSC are free, don’t give bribe for posting”, he said.
The DG stated further that Call-up letters for the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Exercise would be ready on Sunday February 20, 2022.
In her submission, the NCDC/NYSC Project Lead for Safe Camp Reopening, Dr. Ladun Okunromade said adequate preparations had been put in place for the safe conduct of the 2022 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Exercise.
She said different variants of COVID-19 were ravaging the world, while Nigeria had recorded over 1,300 cases of Lassa Fever with 46 deaths and 20 healthcare workers infected.
Okunromade advised the Prospective Corps Members and other camp participants to come to camp with facemasks, hand sanitisers; obey physical distancing, maintain personal hygiene and also adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa in his address said “there will be facilities for vaccination in the camp for those that will take either the first or second dose or third jabs”.
He urged all camp participants to come to the Orientation camps with their vaccination cards.
“This is the 7th edition of safe Camp Re-opening Webinar. We will continue to work hard to facilitate the safe re-opening for all camp participants.
The virus is still with us and we must continue to take both personal and collective responsibility to ensure our safety”, he stated.