NYSC closes down all orientation camps over fear of coronavirus
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday ended activities at orientation camps across the country as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Corps members in the camps were shocked when they were told in the middle of the night that the camps had closed and they were all to receive their letters to places of primary assignment. The corps members said they were told this was due to the coronavirus crisis.
A statement by NYSC management reads:
“Sequel to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which led to the cancellation of the national sports festival, management of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme wishes to announce the suspension of the on-going orientation course for the 2020 Batch “A” stream 1 corps members.
“Therefore, the 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.”
The Batch four (4)Corps members began their orientation on 10th March and were expected to be in their camps for 21 days, but as learnt, that they will be getting their letters posting them to their places of primary assignment, just one week after camping.
The coronavirus has so far killed almost 8000 persons globally and three cases have been confirmed in Nigeria, although no death has been recorded in the country.