Coronavirus: NYSC shuts down orientation camps

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Tuesday night ordered youth corps members currently undergoing the traditional courses at orientation camps across the country to report to their places of primary assignment.

The order is said to be connected with the rapidly spreading coronavirus disease across the world, and the need to safeguard the lives of the corps members.

Nigeria has currently confirmed three cases of coronavirus and no deaths.

The Batch A orientation camps for graduates started last week, March 10, and were supposed to last for 21 days.

Reports said the corps members were shocked when they were told in the middle of the night that the camps had closed and they were all to receive their letters to places of primary assignment.

The corps members said they were told this was due to the coronavirus crisis.

We started receiving letters to our places of primary assignment at about 1a.m. today, a corps member serving in Gombe said

Another corps member serving in Plateau said they started receiving theirs very early on Wednesday.

The decision may have been influenced by yesterday’s resolution of the presidential task force that large public gatherings should be discouraged across the country.

Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, DG, NYSC: Committed to the safety of corps members

The task force also banned foreign trips for public officials but did not restrict travels to Nigeria from countries with high cases of coronavirus.

It only said travelers from such countries would be on self-quarantine for 14 days during which they would be monitored.

The 11-member task force headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, announced its resolutions Tuesday night after a meeting in Abuja.

The disease has killed over 7,000 people globally, mainly in China, Italy, Iran and South Korea

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