It is no news that the Federal Government has given the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) a nod to resume orientation camp activities when tertiary institutions resume.
Common sense would tell anyone that NYSC post Covid19 resumption will not be business as usual. In this post, we shall look at ten (10) things prospective corps members should expect when NYSC resume.
1. Return of Batch ‘A’ Stream 1
The NYSC Director-General Ibrahim Shauibu has said in several occasions that Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 Corps members will return to orientation camps to complete their training. So, if you are a Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 Corps member, get ready to return to orientation camp. If have been relocated to a new state, you will return to the Orientation camp in the new state.
2. Reduction in Number of Corps members
The NYSC Katsina and Imo have hinted that the normal number of Corps members per camp will reduce. Well, we don’t know what NYSC is planning to do in regarding the number intake, but you don’t expect the normal number if covid19 protocols must be maintained.
3. Social Distancing
There will be strict social distancing order in the NYSC camp. For example, the hostel’s beds (bunks) will be adequately spaced; let’s say, not less than 6 feet, unlike before that there used to be little or no space.
4. No fun & enjoyment
Do not expect fun like before, there is no fun in social distancing and wearing of the face mask. Soldiers and NYSC officials will ensure that corps members maintain all the covid19 protocols, which means no fun or enjoyment like before.
5. Too many Streams and Batches
NYSC is likely to have multiple Streams and Batches since close to half of the normal number of Corps members will be admitted. So, there must be multiple Streams and Batches if NYSC must meet up to absorb large number of Nigerian graduates into National Service.
6. No fake graduate
The NYSC DG hates fake graduates. This time he will fight and prosecute fake graduates like never to ensure only genuine graduates are occupy the little space in camp.
7. No posting & redeployment runs
Those of you that are planning to influence your posting to choice states with money will fail as Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shauibu has zero tolerance to corruption. He will use red eye this time. Be warned!
8. Dryness in Mammy Market
The mammy market (camp market) which makes NYSC camp lively is likely to dry off as only few traders will be allowed entrance in camp.
9. Fear & speculation
There will be fear that Covid19 may spread in orientation camp or things may not work as expected.
10. Add your own expectation in the comment section
This post is written by Humphery, and first published on nyscinfo.com. Join our NYSC Telegraph group chat.