The National Youth Service Corps has ordered the shut down of all orientation camps across Nigeria over the pandemic of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The virus that has killed over 7000 persons globally now has a third confirmed case in Lagos State, as announced by the Ministry of Health.
According to The Guardian, the corps members in Lagos camp were told on Wednesday morning to leave the camp immediately after receiving their letters to their places of primary assignment and transport allowance.
In the official statement released by NYSC, it stated that the same protocol was followed during the outbreak of Ebola virus. The statement reads in full:
“IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SUSPENSION OF THE ON-GOING ORIENTATION COURSE
“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,
“Thank you. MANAGEMENT.”
The camps which opened last Tuesday is shut down barely a week into the program, which normally should run for 3 weeks.