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FG Shuts Down NYSC Orientation Camps Over Coronavirus



Williams Babalola

The Federal Government has ordered the immediate closure of all orientation camps of National Youth Service Corps over fears of Coronavirus.

NYSC recently mobilised graduates in the country for the 2020 Batch A three weeks compulsory orientation course, which is according to the calender of the scheme.

According to a statement sent to all State Coordinators, they have been mandated to immediately shut down camp and allow all corp members return home.

However, due to the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the federal government is compelled to abruptly end the course as a way of containing the spread of the pandemic since the scheme also accommodates foreign based students.

The statement reads in full: “To all SCs; I have received instructions to inform you to bring the ongoing Orientation Course to an immediate shutdown; effective tomorrow on account of the rapid-fire spread of COVID-19. Effect Primary Assignment postings this night. All necessary financial entitlements will be settled in the early hours of tomorrow.

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“You are to, by any means, reach Corps Employers on this development immediately.

“This obvious course of action is dictated by circumstances far beyond what can be controlled. The rapid changes in very many countries warranting social distancing between persons and isolation of persons on account of COVID-19 present no other option; but to close the camps because of the large aggregation of persons in close social contacts.

“With the abundance of caution, mitigation of errors is easily achievable. Further information/development shall be conveyed as directed. You’re to act with absolute dispatch, please.”

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