- NYSC says no corps member has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus
- Some Nigerians on social media had claimed that a youth corps member tested positive for the viral disease
- The NYSC said the report is fake and orchestrated to mislead Nigerians
The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has debunked some media reports that a corps member in NYSC Ekiti Orientation Camp tested positive to COVID-19.
The zonal coordinator of NYSC southwest area office in Osun state, Emmanuel Attah said the report is fake and being peddled by mischievous elements.
In a statement he released to the media on Wednesday, March 18, Attah said: “It is orchestrated just to mislead Nigerians especially, parents and guardians of members of the service corps that are in NYSC Camps nationwide.
“I want to repeat that no corps member has tested positive to coronavirus or any other disease in all the NYSC formations nationwide.”
The management of the NYSC had earlier ordered that all orientation camps across Nigeria be shut.
The directive was issued from the NYSC headquarters in Abuja early Wednesday, March 18.
“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,” a terse statement from the NYSC read.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the federal government to set up a national committee to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.
The group specifically demanded that Nigerian students and academia should be part of the committee.
This was contained in a statement signed by NANS vice president, Chidi Ilogbe and Gambo Abubakar, the group's Senate president.
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In a related development, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has asked Nigerians to brace up for the multiplier effects of coronavirus, adding that it could affect their socio-economic lives.
The governor, a trained medical doctor, made the call at a quarterly session with the media in Asaba on Thursday, March 12.
He said the virus had made the price of oil in the international market to tumble and had also caused many industries to stop production.
He warned that unless urgent steps were taken to check the effects of the viral disease, many states in the country may not be able to pay salaries of workers.
In Abuja, the Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has shut down its operations as a preventive measure to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 18, DRAC says it is suspending all activities and shutting down temporarily until the situation clarifies.
“This was further necessitated by the vulnerability of persons with disabilities who constitute the majority of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries and who are not usually prioritized in emergency responses.
“This decision is even more crucial as our healthcare facilities are currently inaccessible to persons with disabilities, it would, therefore, be double jeopardy and almost fatality to expose them to risks that could land them in hospital,” part of the statement read.
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