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NCDC gets commendation in fight against COVID-19 in NYSC camps

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The  Director-General of the  National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Mohammed Fadah has acknowledged the role  and support of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) towards ensuring the safety of corp members during orientation courses across the country.

Fadah gave the acknowledgment  at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members posted in Nasarawa State held on Tuesday at the Magaji Dan-Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the sustained provision of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits and other commodities by the NCDC for usage in all orientation camps was a clear indication of the agency’s interest in the success of the scheme.

Fadah, represented by the  Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Mr Abdullahi Jikamshi also commended the state Ministry of Health, as well as federal and state tertiary health institutions for their support in ensuring that the COVID-19 protocols and general healthcare guidelines are observed in the camps during the exercise.

“NYSC will continue to take every step available with regards to the safety and well-being of corps members in the states you are posted to for the orientation course and one year service.

“I, therefore, appeal to corps members to play their part in ensuring a safe orientation course by adhering strictly to the established safety measures such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks and the use of hand washing facilities provided at strategic locations in the orientation camp.

“You are to equally avail yourselves of the COVID-19 vaccination that will be administered on camp if you have not done so,” he said.

The NYSC DG also urged the newly sworn in corps members against engaging in cult activities and other vices, even as he charged them to avoid using the social media to spread fake news.

Fadah also urged the corps members to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the NYSC Act and the NYSC Bye-Laws, sustaining high level of discipline and enthusiasm, especially by remaining compliant with the camp rules and regulations.

“Let me remind you also that white-collar jobs are not readily available. Therefore, I encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunities for self-employment offered through the SAED Programme.

“You are expected to choose from any of the skill areas, and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the orientation camp. On our part, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme,” he said.

He, therefore, appealed for the support of all stakeholders in the call for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund which according to him, has reached an advanced stage of legislation.

The Voice reports that a total of 976 corps members, comprising 745 males and 231 females were deployed to the state to serve and currently in the camp.

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