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FG orders immediate shut down of all NYSC orientation camps


The Federal Government has ordered the immediate closure of all orientation camps in the country where corps members are currently undergoing the three weeks compulsory Orientation Course.

Recall that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) recently mobilised graduates for the 2020 Batch ‘A’ orientation course. The orientation exercise according to the NYSC calendar started on March 10 and was supposed to end on March 30 when corps members would have been posted to their various primary assignments.

However, due to the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the federal government is forced to end the orientation course abruptly nationally to contain the spread of the virus since it also accommodate foreign students.

This was revealed in a statement sent to all the State Coordinators (SCs) and exclusively obtained by TNG.

The statement reads in full:

To all SCs; I have received instructions to inform you to bring the ongoing Orientation Course to an immediate shutdown; effective tomorrow on account of the rapid-fire spread of COVID-19. Effect Primary Assignment postings this night. All necessary financial entitlements will be settled in the early hours of tomorrow.

You are to, by any means, reach Corps Employers on this development; immediately.

This obvious course of action is dictated by circumstances far beyond what can be controlled. The rapid changes in very many countries warranting social distancing between persons and isolation of persons on account of COVID-19 present no other option; but to close the camps because of the large aggregation of persons in close social contacts.

With the abundance of caution, mitigation of errors is easily achievable. Further information/development shall be conveyed as directed. You’re to act with absolute dispatch, please,” the statement concluded.

More details soon…