Few hours after the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo asked Buhari to suspend NYSC Orientation Camp for 2 years, the NYSC management released a statement debunking rumor that the scheme is trying to force Corps members back to Orientation Camp. It stated that the scheme is responsible and wouldn’t do anything that will compromise the safety and health of Corps members.
NYSC reiterated that Corps members can only go back to camp when the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 give nod to institutions (i.e schools) to commence their normal activities.
Below is the full statement as obtained by Nyscinfo.com correspondent.
“The attention of the NYSC Management has been drawn to an open letter to the NYSC Director – General circulating on the social media, with the above heading, dissuading the Scheme from forcing or rushing Corps Members back to the Orientation Camps for safety reasons.
“To all intents and purposes, the writer of the letter expressed genuine concern, but very oblivious of the facts on the ground.
“It is imperative to state that the National Youth Service Corps is a responsible and responsive institution which gives topmost priority to the lives of Corps Members as a matter of policy. It was for that reason Management suspended the 2020 Batch “A” Stream 1 Orientation Course in order to safeguard the lives of Corps Members as well as camp officials.
“It is very appropriate to state that the Scheme has been in the forefront of the fight against COVID -19, therefore will never do anything to compromise the safety and health of Corps Members.
“In the light of the foregoing, Management wishes to state that 2020 Batch “A” Stream 1 Corps Members can only go back to the Orientation camps when the National Centre for Disease Control and Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 give nod to institutions to recommence their normal activities.
“Management enjoins Corps Members to continue observing the COVID -19 safety protocols of social/physical distancing, use of face masks and proper washing of hands with liquid soap for at least twenty seconds.
“Together, we are stronger and shall defeat COVID -19”.