Prospective Corps Members for the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Orientation Course have been warned not to arrive at camp with a forged COVID-19 document.
Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, issued the warning today during a live webinar co-hosted by the National Youth Service Corps and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in preparation for the 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Orientation Course.
He said anyone caught with fake COVID-19 document in camp would be handed over to the law enforcement agents for prosecution.
He added that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all NYSC Orientation Camps across the country.
“Make certain that you are a law-abiding person. We have COVID-19 vanguard in camp, and you will be decamped if you breach COVID-19 safety requirements,” it was stated.
The DG went on to say that NYSC is a Federal Government body that will follow the Presidential Steering Committee’s COVID-19 policy, which requires all public personnel to show proof of COVID-19 immunization beginning December 1st.
He advised all camp authorities and Prospective Corps Members to prepare for the COVID-19 test as normal, noting that only those who tested negative would be permitted to enter the camp, while those who tested positive would be given over to NCDC personnel for treatment and mammography.
On the safe conduct of Orientation Courses, he added, the Scheme has worked in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Agency and State Ministries of Health.
Since the emergence of COVID-19, Ibrahim commended the Federal Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for their support, particularly in the Scheme’s Orientation Course activities.
He encouraged the Prospective Corps Members to avoid nighttime travel to camp, advising them to take breaks if their route would take them past 6 p.m. He advised them to spend the night in the NYSC Secretariat, military barracks, Corps Lodge, or other secure locations.
The Director-General, who also stated that since the outbreak of COVID-19, NYSC has conducted seven Orientation Exercises, cautioned Prospective Corps Members against using social media in a bad manner.
He did, however, advise them to use social media to promote the country’s togetherness.
Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, stressed in his speech that all COVID-19 safety procedures must be followed, and that Nigerians must take responsibility.
‘Take personal responsibility and act collectively to ensure your safety and others.
Make the most of every opportunity to acquire the immunization both inside and outside of camp.
Wear your facemasks in camp, stay away from huge gatherings, and maintain social space from the next person,” he said.
Dr. Ladun Okunromade, the NCDC Project Lead on Safe Camp Reopening, stated that all hands must be on deck to guarantee that Orientation Camps satisfy the required key performance indicators.
She praised NYSC Management for adhering to all COVID-19 safety requirements, and stated that NCDC would continue to assist the Scheme.
She stated that COVID-19 infection prevention and control methods are being worked on in high gear.
“Anyone that tests positive to COVID-19 in camp will not be sent back home, but will be taken care of by the NCDC surveilance team”, she said.