- The federal government has again urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols
- Sunday Dare, the minister of sports and youth development, made the plea on Monday, January 25, in Abuja
- Dare, however, said that the NYSC camps where states fail to comply with COVID-19 protocols would be shut
The federal government has warned that it would shut down the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in the states that fail to comply with all COVID-19 protocols.
The Nation reports that the minister of youths and sports development, Sunday Dare, gave the warning during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday, January 25.
Legit.ng gathered that the NYSC would not allow youths to be endangered, adding that those already deployed to any state affected would be redeployed to other places.
About 731 members of Batch B corps members had tested positive for COVID-19.
“It has become necessary that all safety protocols be adhered to, any orientation camp that is not obeying the protocol will simply be closed as the NYSC cannot afford to risk the lives and health of the corps members."
The newspaper noted that 765 members of the current stream of corps members out of the over 22,000 cases tested were confirmed positive.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that commissioner for health in Cross River state, Betta Edu, disclosed that 13 corps members who came in for their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme have contracted COVID-19.
It was reported the commissioner for health in Cross River State, Betta Edu, disclosed that 13 corps members who came in for their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme have contracted COVID-19.
The commissioner stated that data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 18.
She attributed the rise in the number of infections to the corps members who came in for NYSC programme.
In a related report, according to the safety protocols issued ahead of the commencement of the 2020 Orientation, NYSC said it is compulsory that everyone coming into the NYSC camps must undergo COVID-19 test.
It said this includes corps members, and officials alike, insisting that only those that test negative will be admitted into the camps.