Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has stated that the suspended NYSC 2020 batch ‘A’ stream one orientation course would be completed when there is a positive response from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19. He made this known in Abuja during a visit to the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NYSC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.
The orientation course which was supposed to last for three weeks was suspended in response to contain the emergence of the Corona virus Pandemic (covid-19). Meanwhile, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has stated strategizing for efficient and safe conducts of its operation ahead of the further lifting of inter-state travel restrictions. This is to ensure the safety of corps members as soon as the NYSC 2020 Batch ‘A’ stream one orientation course resumes.
The director general informed the chief executive of NCDC that the suspension of the orientation course one week into the course exercise was a proactive measure taken by the scheme to contain the spread of the virus to any of the orientation camps ground. Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim also said that the scheme’s operations were scaled down in accordance with the Federal Government’s restriction order. He added that the passing out exercise of the 2019 batch B stream one was observed on a low key as response to the prevention protocols laid down by the PTF to contain the spread of COVID 19.
However, the NYSC DG has requested for the presidential task Force’s support in the funding of the mass production of automated disinfection chambers for the use of corps members in NYSC orientation camps.
As one of the efforts in fighting covid-19, Shuaibu informed the NCDC on the interventions made by the scheme, especially the through corps members’ activities. Sensitizing the general public on the harmful effect of Covid 19, this was achieved through the use of social media platforms and other useful means. Production of face mask, manufacturing of alcohol based hand sanitizer, liquid soaps, automated disinfection chambers and many other important things.
While responding, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu commended the effort made by NYSC in contributing to the fight for the Corona virus Pandemic. He made it known that the scheme deserves to be supported in every form to enable it to succeed.