Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme in Cross River state has stressed that none of the Corps Members currently undergoing their Orientation Course at the state’s NYSC permanent orientation camp in Obubra local government area of the state is COVID-19 positive.
Assistant Director in charge of Press and Public Relations at the NYSC Cross River Secretariat, Enuma Peter said this in a press release made available to TNN. He called on the general public to discountenance the news making rounds on social media stating that 13 Corps Members are COVID-19 positive in the state.
He added that a COVID-19 test is being done by representatives from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC at the entrance of the camp before anyone could be allowed into the orientation camp.
The release reads in part; “Attention of the Management of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme in Cross River state has been drawn to a media report circulating on the internet stating that 13 Corps Members currently undergoing Orientation Course in the state’s NYSC Permanent Orientation camp in Obubra Local Government Area of the state tested positive to COVID-19.
“The said media report quoted the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu to have disclosed the information to newsmen in Calabar where she quoted as saying that this had led to an increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
“Management wishes to assert that at present, no registered 2020 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corps Member in Cross River state is COVID-19 positive.
“It is worthy to note that all Prospective Corps Members for the ongoing programme underwent COVID-19 test conducted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC which is a condition for admission into any of the 37 camps in the country. Prospective Corps Members who test positive are duly referred to the NCDC for treatment and management. This has been the practice and NYSC Cross River State has adhered strictly to this standard.
“The Management of the National Youth Service Corps in Cross River State would also like to use this opportunity to add that all Orientation Camp Officials and visitors to the camp are also continuously tested by officials of the NCDC while the entire camp community ensures strict compliance to all COVID-19 protocols.
“Therefore, reporting that 13 Corps Members undergoing Orientation programme in Cross River state tested positive to COVID-19 is misleading, baseless and unfounded, as there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in NYSC Cross River Orientation Camp”.
In the meantime, no fewer than 200 Corps Members for 2020 Batch ‘B’, Stream II service year currently undergoing training at the state’s NYSC permanent orientation camp were sworn in today. Addressing the Corps Members, NYSC Cross River State Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Nakamba congratulated them for the success they recorded at their various institutions of higher learning which qualified them to be deployed for the national service.
Highlight was the administration of the oath of allegiance on the Corps Members which was conducted by the Justice of Obubra High Court, Justice Emmanuel Ubua who represented the state chief judge.