By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Mr Kehinde Aremu, State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Anambra State has pledged the state’s total compliance to the directives of the Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim who mandated all NYSC State and FCT Coordinators to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Protocols in all camps and other formations of the Scheme nationwide.
Fides learnt that Ibrahim gave the directive while interacting with management of the scheme and officials of the NCDC during a virtual meeting held as part of preparations for the conduct of the forthcoming Batch “B” Stream II Orientation Course scheduled to commence on the 19th of January 2021.
The DG who expressed profound gratitude to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for considering re-opening of the Orientation Camps noted that corps members are critical change agents in our national development agenda as their potentials will continue to be effectively harnessed in the health, education and other vital sectors of the national economy.
Speaking to Fides at the NYSC State Secretariat, Mr Aremu, who disclosed the scheme’s level of preparedness towards the camp said everything have been put in place, adding that the camp located at Umuawulu/Mbaukwu would be decontaminated.
‘We have and are still having meetings with the Anambra Ministry of Health and other major stakeholders like the ministry of environment and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
‘Corps Vanguards and enforcement teams have been constituted for all the camps, as a measure to ensure strict compliance, as well as support the national response efforts in stemming the tide of the new wave of the pandemic.’ He said.
He said necessary facilities that will enhance compliance with COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Protocols have been provided in the camp while Prospective Corps Members and camp officials will be subjected to COVID-19 tests as precondition for entry into the Orientation Camps.