- The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management has shut down all the orientation camp nationwide
- The move is seen as a preventive measure to curb the spread of coronavirus
- Youth corp members were directed to leave the orientation camp as soon as possible
As a preventive measure against the dreaded coronavirus, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has ordered that all orientation camps across Nigeria be shut.
The directive was issued from the NYSC headquarters in Abuja early Wednesday, March 18.
Those in the camps currently are the 2020 Batch A Stream 1, across 37 centres in the country.
“Corps members shall be posted to commence their primary assignments forthwith, while they shall be invited back to the orientation camps when the situation improves, just like it happened a few years ago when the nation was confronted by the Ebola virus threat.
“Management wishes to state that no corps member or camp official has contracted the virus,” a terse statement from the NYSC read.
On social media, it is reactions galore:
Tinubu Olamilekan wrote on Twitter: I honestly believe all NYSC Corps Members should be left in camp, at this moment it is quite safer for them. Movement in and out of the camp can be controlled. Now the risk of contracting the virus is high because everyone will intend to travel.
Ada Ubakala: NYSC has shut down orientation camps nationwide due to the Corona pandemic. They shouldn't have even gone in the first place.
Tife Fabunmi: NYSC camp can’t be fun for everyone. Some people can conveniently have fun despite the rigorous exercises while some can’t even withstand the whole tasks, so stop saying the #nysc camp is the interesting part. If the camp has to be suspended to save people, then it’s a smart decision.
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Meanwhile, as part of its plans to ensure Nigeria contains the spread of coronavirus, the federal government has banned all travels outside the country by officials of ministries, departments, and agencies until further notice.
The move was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha at the end of the inaugural meeting of the presidential task force for the control of the viral disease.
The presidential task force also advised Nigerians to cancel all travels abroad especially to all high-risk countries.
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