- The Nigerian government has already commenced preparations for the reopening of NYSC orientation camps across the country
- The orientation camps were temporarily suspended in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus among corps members.
- However, the federal government said it is considering reopening camps in the next phase of the eased lockdown
The federal government has already commenced preparations for the reopening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps across the country.
The orientation camps were temporarily suspended in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus among corps members.
However, Sani Aliyu the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, said NYSC orientation camps may be reopened in the next phase of the eased lockdown, The Cable reported.
He made the disclosure at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, August 6.
Aliyu said the NYSC has been advised to begin preparations for possible resumption at camps across the country.
“We have advised NYSC to start planning ahead of resumption in future phases, but not within this current phase of the response,” he said.
Aliyu said the COVID-19 task force will work closely with the NYSC to design policies that will enable orientation camps to reopen in the future.
In another report, all state governments in Nigeria have been directed to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places.
The directive was given by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Daily Trust reported.
The secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who also serves as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja.
He said the president has mandated authorities in all Nigerian states to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in public appearance and places.
In another report, as coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in some places, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti state has directed a random sampling test for COVID-19 infection of students and teachers. This, according to him, is to assess their risk level ahead of resumption.
Fayemi expressed optimism that COVID-19 protocols would be strictly adhered to.
He said parents of the resuming students are to provide their wards with at least two face masks each as a prerequisite for admittance into their school premises.
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