FG shuts NYSC camps prematurely


Covid-19 is causing more social disruptions as the Federal Government  ordered the immediate closure of the ongoing National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, orientation camps nationwide.

The ongoing orientation for Batch A Stream 1 corps members, expected to end on March 30 has now been cut short 12 days earlier.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare said corp members who  have barely spent a week in camp will be  posted for primary assignments immediately.

He noted that the closure was a precautionary measure on coronavirus.

“Today across the country, NYSC orientation camps will be closed and corps members will be paid and sent to their places of primary assignment.

“This again is a precautionary measure on the part of government to check the spread of COVID-19,” he tweeted.

Also, a statement sent to journalists by the NYSC management said: “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 wishes to announce the suspension of the on-going orientation course for the 2020 Batch “A” stream 1 corps members.

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“Therefore, 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.”