The National Youth Service Corps is looking to re-open camps as the country is currently easing off restrictions on activities.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this on Tuesday in his meeting with the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihakweazu in Abuja.
It should be noted that the NYSC had earlier closed her orientation camps on the 18th of March, 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and that also, the passing-out of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Corps members in the last week of May 2020, was without a lot of ceremonies as usual, as some will call low-key.
The Director-General of the NYSC stated that the NYSC has strategized ways to ensure that a re-opening of camps would be a safe one. The planned activities of the NYSC he listed included: sensitization; production and distribution of face masks, liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, automated disinfection chambers; as well as automated and foot-operated liquid soap, hand sanitizer and water dispensers.” The NYSC DG also added that the suspended 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course would be completed, when the Scheme received the green light from the PTF (Presidential Task Force on Covid-19).
He commended the NCDC on their role in the fight against the pandemic in the country and also beckoned on the PTF to back mass production of the automated disinfection chambers for use in all NYSC Orientation Camps.
The NCDC DG praised the NYSC for their contributions to their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as seen in their prompt closure of NYSC camps on the 18th of March 2020. He also added that they deserved support in every way possible to see them succeed.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu further noted that the agency (NCDC) would look into the proposals presented by the DG of the NYSC, specifying that the appropriate authorities will give recommendations.