NYSC Mobilises 66,000 Graduates, Says Corp Members To Take COVID-19 Test

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

The prospective corps members and course officials are however mandated to undergo the COVID-19 test before admission into the orientation camps set to reopen on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

This was disclosed on Monday by the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim at a briefing held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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

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

Dr Ihekweazu had earlier 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 centre is prepared to collaborate with the NYSC and ensure that all the prospective Corps Members and Camp Officials undergoes the COVID-19 test.

This according to him is to ascertain their health status. He adds that in case a prospective Corps Member tests positive, Corps Members should not panic, as adequate measures have been put in place in all the NYSC camps to manage such case.

Appointment Of NYSC DG Followed Due Process – Senate

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The Senate Committee on Youths and Sports Development investigating the appointment of the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) by the Chief of Army Staff has absolved him of any wrongdoing.

According to the committee, the appointment of the new DG, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, followed due process.

Senator Dino Melaye, who represents Kogi West district, had raised a point of order on the appointment of a new NYSC DG by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

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According to him, the army chief committed an infraction on the Constitution by removing the former Director-General of the corps and replacing him with someone else.

“We should not allow a constitutional country governed by laws be taken for granted,” the lawmaker said.

In his contribution, Senator Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom North-East seconded the order by Senator Melaye and requested that the matter should be investigated.

 

Thereafter, the Senate referred the matter to the Committee on Youths and Sports for investigation.

The committee then invited the Chief of Army Staff to explain the appointment but he sent a representative who explained to the committee that the DG’s appointment was done by President Muhammadu through the Minister of Defence as enshrined in the NYSC Act.

Rivers Election: NYSC DG Visits Family Of Slain Corper

NYSCThe Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has paid a visit to the family of the NYSC member believed to have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area Rivers State during the rerun elections in the state.

Brigadier General Johnson Olawunmi was at his hometown in Ila Local Government Area of Delta State accompanied by the state coordinator and a few serving corps members.

It was a sad atmosphere as the family of late Chukwudumebi received the DG and his train and with lots of regrets the family poured out their hearts on the demise of their loved one.

Addressing the relatives, the NYSC DG, Brigadier General Johnson Olawunmi said that Chukwudumebi Okonta’s death is a great loss, not only to his immediate family, but also to the NYSC and the entire nation.

He promised that investigations were on to unravel the mystery behind the death.

The NYSC boss promised to work with relevant agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous act are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Corps member, Chukwudumebi Okonta was an orphan and also the eighth of nine children.