Richard Ginika Izuora
The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has asserted that corps members and staff of the scheme’s 2020 Batch “B” orientation exercise will be tested for COVID-19 before they are allowed into the orientation camps.
Ibrahim, made the disclosure on Thursday, November 5, in Jos at the opening of the NYSC 2020 Batch “B” pre-orientation workshop.
The four-day workshop is themed: “Evolving a Dynamic Operational Strategy in the Management of Camps in the Context of COVID-19”.
He further disclosed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had worked out procedures; to ensure that staff and corps members who tested positive for the virus would be adequately taken care of.
According to him, the NYSC management has ensured strict compliance with the NCDC guidelines in the corps’ activities.
The DG, said that the NYSC had been interfacing with relevant bodies such as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and the various state ministries of health on ways of ensuring safe and efficient conduct of the orientation exercise.
He said that all orientation camps had been prepared and remodeled in line with the approved safety protocols.
He commended the NCDC for donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth millions of Naira; for use at orientation camps.
Ibrahim also said that the aim and objective of the pre-orientation workshop were to appraise the conduct of the previous orientation courses; and likewise to fashion out ways to improve on their performance.
He commended Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau for donating a 14-Seater bus to the NYSC in the state; and for his government’s unflinching support to the scheme in the area.
Lalong, who declared the workshop open, commended the NYSC management for its active support to the government in the fight against the pandemic; as the NYSC orientation camp in Mangu was used as a quarantine and an isolation centre in the state.
He appealed to the NYSC management and corps members to avoid laxity in the observation of COVID-19 safety protocols, as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had warned of the likelihood of resurgence and also a second wave of the pandemic.
He said that Plateau remained the leading state in testing for the disease; and also that corps members who were posted to the state would be accorded with such service.
The governor also disclosed that the State Government would work with the NYSC; to enhance the safety and comfort of corps members posted to the state.