As part of measures targeted at curbing further spread of the coronavirus disease, the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has banned religious gatherings on the orientation camps across the nation.
This is as it also announced a new date for the opening of camp for the 2020 Batch B Stream II Corp Members orientation exercise.
The NYSC Camp Safe Reopening Project Lead, Dr Oyeladun Okunromade, stated this on Friday at a sensitization webinar for the 2020 Batch B Stream II Corp Members.
The webinar themed ‘Protecting The health Of The Nigerian Youth: Safe Reopening Of NYSC Orientation Camps’ was also attended by the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, as well as the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
Okunromade disclosed that corps members would resume in batches of 200 per day and they are expected to check the NYSC website/portal for their specific dates.
She warned that anyone who misses his/her allocated date stands the risk of resuming with the next batch.
“There won’t be any form of religious gatherings in camp. We encourage virtual activities,” she said, adding that corps members are required to come on camp with their face masks and other personal protective materials as the NYSC would not provide those.
Okunromade added that, “Maami market has been significantly reduced in line with the new normal. There won’t be any sitting down with friends to dine at the market but there will take-aways.”
The NYSC DG announced that corps members are to report in camp as from 19th January as against the previously communicated 18th January 2021.
The corps members are expected to come with nose masks as full covid-19 protocols will be in place and observed, officials warned.
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, has asked Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert on social media.
Naija News reports that Aliyu made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday.
According to the coordinator, the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown.
Dr Aliyu urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19.