NYSC Mobilizes 66,000 Graduates for Batch B As Corp Members Mandated to Take COVID-19 Test

The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) has mobilized 66,000 eligible graduates to participate in the 2020 Batch B service year.

This disclosure was made on Monday by the NYSC Director-General Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim at a briefing held in Abuja.

The event, which was in preparation, for the 2020 Batch B Orientation Course, with compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

General Shuaibu, however, noted that the prospective Corps members and Course officials are mandated to undergo the COVID-19 test before admission into the orientation camps set to reopen on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu who was at the event, also appealed to prospective corp members and officials to take personal responsibility, shun complacency, while saying the second wave of the virus is not inevitable but can be prevented.

Earlier, Dr. Ihekweazu stated that prevention, detection, and prompt response are germane to the safe reopening of the 37 NYSC Orientation camps nationwide.

The NCDC boss said the center is prepared to collaborate with the NYSC and ensure that all the prospective Corps Members and Camp Officials undergo the COVID-19 test in order to ascertain their health status.

He further added that in case a prospective Corp Member test positive, Corp Members should not panic, as adequate measures have been put in place in all the NYSC camps to manage such cases.

It would be recalled that on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the NYSC ended all activities at orientation camps across the country, as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

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