Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Director for South-South Area Office, Ayodele Omotade has said that the scheme has become a model for other organizations and institutions in the management of the deadly coronavirus ravaging the whole world.
He said this as result of the adopted measures by the scheme which has made the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC to approve the reopening of orientation camps across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He said the scheme will not also relent in the fight against the virus.
Omotade said this when he visited the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Obubra local government area of Cross River state. “We did not just resume activities at the camp. Every aspect of the camp you will see COVID-19 arrangement and facilities in place. It cuts across all camps; what I see here is a replica of what is happening in every camp so I bet you, without being immodest, the schools, institutions I’m sure they have not put in one tenth of the arrangement NYSC has put in place.
“So NYSC has become a model that others are actually copying to ensure that they put an arrangement in place, for me, the NYSC has put in very adequate arrangements in place that will assist in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Don’t also forget that right at the gate we don’t admit those who test positive, it’s only those who test negative; I also underwent that screening. This is the sixth camp I am visiting and I have done it at four places; that is to tell you how serious management of the NYSC is in the issue of combating COVID-19”, the Area Director stressed.
The NYSC Director commended the federal government for the ongoing erosion control works at the camp and the state government for the renovation and the expansion of some hostels and lecture halls at the orientation camp. He also pleaded with the state government to come in for a second phase so as to get the camp a befitting and envious look.
While addressing the Corps Members, he encouraged them to keep promoting the major aim of the NYSC which is national integration and unity. He warned them to be conscious of their activities and avoid venturing into unnecessary movements capable of exposing them to danger.
In his camp situation report, State Coordinator for NYSC Cross River, Mohammed Nakamba was pleased to receive the Area Director. He said the Corps members have been of good conduct since the inception of the orientation exercise including strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the NCDC.