NYSC Officer Died At Isolation Center Not In Camp – DG

A photo collage of NYSC DG and NYSC members at a camp.

 

The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, has reacted to claims that a top officer who was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano State died of COVID-19 in camp.

Ibrahim in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday explained that the officer was tested before he entered the camp and was taken to the isolation center after he tested positive and eventually died in isolation.

“It is not true that the officer died in the camp, in line with the PTF and NYSC guidelines all prospective corps members and camp officials that are invited for the orientation exercise were tested. It is mandatory that all must be tested. It is only those that are negative that are allowed into the camp.

“Those that are positive are taken away by the NCDC and state officials for treatment and that was what happened. The officer concerned just like any other NYSC officials underwent the test and when he was positive he was taken by the NCDC to Kano State isolation center and that was where, unfortunately, he passed on, not in the camp,” the DG explained.

The NYSC boss stressed that there are not NYSC members that are positive inside the camp as they were all tested before entry into the orientation camps.

According to him, NYSC orientation camps across the country are supervised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“I have always cleared the air that it is only those that are negative that are allowed into the camp. Those that are positive are taken away by NCDC.

“We were the first agency to give NCDC our modalities for camp re-opening and they looked at it critically along with the PTF and the approval was granted.

“Even I was tested along with my officials. None of our officers died in the camp,” the NYSC DG said.

No fewer than 34,685 people were recently tested for COVID-19 across all the NYSC camps in the country.

 

The Federal Government last week threatened to shut down any NYSC orientation camp that violates the COVID-19 protocol.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare gave the warning at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, held in Abuja.

The Minister said the lives and health of the corps members are a priority to the government and the affected camps will be shut and the corp members will be reposted to nearby states to continue the orientation exercise.

 

 – Camp Testing –

No fewer than 34,685 people were recently tested for COVID-19 across all the NYSC camps in the country.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this in November at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He told reporters that those whose samples were collected included corps members and NYSC officials in various camps.

 

 

COVID-19: Corps Members Admitted In Streams To Ensure Compliance

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

As the 2020 Batch “B” Stream II Orientation Course commences, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has admitted corps members in the stream to ensure compliance with the Federal Government’s directive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a visit to the NYSC camp in Lagos State on Tuesday, Channels Television observed that officials renewed safety measures at different institutions to allow daily activities to continue without endangering lives.

NYSC Lagos Coordinator, Eddy Megwa, said the camp authorities had to segment the prospective corps members to 200 to prevent a surge of the virus.

“We wouldn’t like to have an upsurge at the registration point, even right at the gate. And so, they have sectioned them,” he said.

“Maximum, we have reporting in a day here is just 200 or even less than that. All of them will not come at the same time. This is to give room for us to have enough space for us to attend to them individually.”

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that the country has the capacity to store up to 400,000 doses of the expected COVID-19 vaccine.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib disclosed this during a tour of the National Strategic Cold Store in Abuja.

Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.

COVID-19 Pandemic: NYSC Gives Conditions For Admitting Corps Members Into Camp

File photo of youth corps members.

 

Ahead of the commencement of the 2020 Batch “B” Stream II Orientation Course on January 19, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has given conditions for admitting corps members into camps nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the agency said prospective corps members must possess a clearance certificate showing that they are not COVID-19 positive.

“It is imperative to restate that everyone coming into the NYSC camps must undergo COVID-19 test, Corps Members, and officials alike. Only those that test negative are admitted into the camps,” it stated.

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“The same measures adopted for the November and December 2020 Orientation Courses are going to be applied to the 2020 Batch “B” Stream II Orientation Course commencing, Tuesday, 19th January 2021, with stricter enforcement of all the safety protocols.

“The NYSC and NCDC are working closely for a successful exercise as recorded previously. Accordingly, members of the general public are advised to disregard the unbalanced and cooked-up reportage designed to deliberately create fear and panic in the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians.”

 

The Federal Government had on March 18, 2020, ordered the immediate closure of the NYSC orientation camps nationwide over COVID-19 fears.

The 2020 Batch A Stream One NYSC members arrived on the camp on March 10 and were expected to leave three weeks after.

However, the camps were reopened on November 10 after being shut for over 10 months to curb the spread of the virus.

NYSC Releases Postings For 2020 Batch B Stream II

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has released the 2020 Batch B Stream II deployment.

Authorities of the NYSC released the postings on Friday, January 15 and advised Corps Members to avoid travelling at night to their various Orientation Camps.

Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) travelling far distances from North to South or vice versa were also advised to break their trip into two stages and avoid making one long trip that stretches into the night.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, gave these directives at a sensitisation webinar for the prospective corps members.

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General Ibrahim also urged the prospective corps members to check the NYSC website to know the states to which they have been deployed.

The event with the theme, ‘Protecting The health Of The Nigerian Youth: Safe Reopening Of NYSC Orientation Camps’ also had in attendance the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

According to the NYSC DG, corps members would be allowed on NYSC approved camps nationwide from January 19, 2021, as against the earlier announced date of January 18, 2021.

He further disclosed that there will be COVID-19 tests before any PCM is allowed entry into the camps. Adding that the Service will not hesitate to decamp any corps member who fails to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

All Potential Corps Memebers were urged to register at the NCDC website.

Corps Member Accused Of Killing Boyfriend Arrested In Akwa Ibom

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

A female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Chidinma Oduma Pascaline, has been arrested by the police in Akwa Ibom State for allegedly killing a man suspected to be her boyfriend.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon confirmed the arrest in a telephone conversation with Channels Television on Monday.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, who ordered the corps member’s arrest also directed a thorough investigation into the matter.

“The lady has been arrested by the police and she is already in our custody. The Police Commissioner has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter and as soon as the investigation is over the matter will be charged to court,” he said.

“On Sunday around 11 am, we received a distress call from our control room and so we had to send our policemen to No 219 Abak road, where one Chidinma Oduma Pascaline, a youth corper who is serving at Edet Akpan Avenue Uyo, was at the verge of being lynched by an irate mob.”

The police spokesman explained that during the preliminary investigation, she informed the police that one Akwaowo Japhet of No 219 Abak road, Uyo took her to his house.

“She said while in the house, Akwaowo Japhet picked up a machete and attempted to kill her but she was able to dispossess him and used the same machete on him which led to his death,” he added.

731 Corps Members Test Positive For COVID-19 – PTF

(File Photo) Members of the National Youth Service Corps depart an Orientation Camp. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

Seven hundred and thirty-seven corps members from the Batch B have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force On COVID-19, Boss Mustapha disclosed this on Tuesday.

According to him, the cases were recorded from all states across the country.

“In continuation of the NYSC engagement, the PTF has conducted the testing of Batch B Corpers using RDTs,” he said.

“Out of the 35,419 in the Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to 108 recorded during the Batch A.

“It is on record that cases were recorded from Corps Members from every State of the Federation”.

See the full speech of the PTF Chairman below.

REMARKS BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE ON COVID-19 FOR TUESDAY, 5th JANUARY, 2021

I welcome you all to the National Briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for today, Tuesday, 5th January, 2021.

2.Let me on behalf of the PTF welcome all Nigerians to the year 2021. The PTF wishes everyone a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.

3.At the last briefing to close 2020, we appealed to all Nigerians to stay safe and act in most defensive and protective ways by complying with the NPIs already prescribed. We do hope that at individual levels you took the expected responsibility.

4. Closely associated with that is the increasing daily numbers that we are recording. Yesterday 4th January, 2021, we recorded 1,204 infections. This was the highest daily number ever recorded since we commenced the national response. From our analysis, we are beginning to see the effect of activities carried out during the Christmas festivities. We can only hope that numbers will not escalate beyond control. We however, still appeal to all citizens to take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance.

5.As at date, the statistics for Nigeria shows the following:

✓ Cumulative cases: 91,351
✓ Cumulative Tests: 958,911
✓ Deaths: 1,318
✓ Week 53 recorded 57 deaths which is the highest for any single week since we started.

✓ There is also a rising rate of infections among health care workers and this calls for the escalation of surveillance.

✓ In Africa, Nigeria has joined South Africa in reporting the highest daily infection cases.

6.As we have always maintained, testing is a key strategy under the national response. To this end we can report that there are about 100 laboratories across the country. These are 71 public labs; 22 private labs and 7 corporate labs. Collectively, they are to help improve testing in the country.

7.Regrettably, however, there is still very low testing in a number of states. For clarity, the DG NCDC will elaborate on the spheres of responsibility in testing and the Federal Government has sufficiently supported the States to enable them support surveillance and IPC.

8.To overcome some of these challenges, the PTF will intensify the risk communication and community engagement to create awareness. The share level of doubts about the virus is alarming and I call on everyone to become advocates in support of the National Response.

9.In continuation of the NYSC engagement, the PTF has conducted the testing of batch B Corpers using RDTs. Out of the 35,419 in the Batch B, 731 tested positive compared to 108 recorded during the Batch A. It is on record that cases were recorded from Corps Members from every State of the Federation.

10. In the last two weeks, a lot has been discussed on case management and in particular, the availability of oxygen to save lives. We are pleased to inform you that the private sector – CACOVID has commenced supporting our response with 100 oxygen cylinders per day till the end of March, 2021, for distribution to critical care centres in Abuja.

11. Furthermore, approval has been given to rehabilitate five oxygen plants across various tertiary health institutions in Abuja. The President has also approved that at least one oxygen plant should be established in each state of the federation immediately. The National Coordinator will elaborate on this during this briefing.

12. The PTF is progressing on the issue of accessing vaccines for Nigerians. Additional information will be provided to Nigerians on accelerated vaccines introduction and deployment plan.

13.What is currently confronting us is a critical phase of infections globally. We are constantly reviewing our strategy to emerging situations especially in risk communication, vaccine hesitancy, fake news/disinformation.

14.Finally, I wish to confirm that the PTF has commenced the sanctions on passengers who defaulted on day-7 post-arrival tests. Their passport numbers have been published and travel restriction imposed for a period of six months effective 1st January, 2021.

15.Let me categorically state that the PTF has generated over 20,000 inbound passengers that have also defaulted. The publication will continue weekly till it is exhausted.

16.Nigerians should be aware that every defaulter is a threat to public health which is unacceptable to us and represent a drawback to the National Response. We have a duty to advise our relations, friends, associates to comply with laid down rules. The DG (NCDC) and the National Coordinator will update you on this.

17. I now invite the Hon. Minister of State for Health, the DG (NCDC) and the National Coordinator to brief you from the technical perspectives.

18.I thank you all for listening.

One Corps Member Killed As Gunmen Shoot Sporadically Along Jere-Abuja Highway

A file photo of corps members: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has confirmed the death of a corps member along Jere-Abuja highway.

NYSC, in a statement issued on Wednesday by its Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said 17 corps members were attacked by suspected armed robbers who stormed the expressway.

According to the statement, the corps members had completed the 2020 Batch “B” Stream 1B Orientation programme at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, Osun State, and were travelling to the northern part of the country before the incident occurred.

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“Tragically, along Jere -Abuja Expressway, they were accosted by a gang of armed robbers whose sporadic gunshots unfortunately felled Corps Member Bomoi Suleiman Yusuf. It is imperative to state that the 16 other Corps Members were never abducted,” the statement partly read.

The corps also debunked the rumour that some corps members travelling from Osun State were kidnapped.

SEE FULL STATEMENT:

PRESS STATEMENT

RE: BANDITS ABDUCT CORPS MEMBERS, SHOOT ONE TO DEATH (sic) ALONG ABUJA VIA LOKOJA ROAD

The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to the news with the above caption making the rounds concerning the death and alleged abduction of some Corps Members travelling from Osun State by kidnappers.

The true position is that, indeed, 17 Corps Members that completed the 2020 Batch Batch “B” Stream 1B Orientation programme at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede, Osun State, on Tuesday, 22nd December 2020 boarded vehicles heading towards the northern part of the country.

Tragically, along Jere -Abuja Expressway, they were accosted by a gang of armed robbers whose sporadic gunshots unfortunately felled Corps Member Bomoi Suleiman Yusuf.

It is imperative to state that the 16 other Corps Members were never abducted.

The death of any Corps Member is a big loss, not just to his family, but to the Scheme and the entire nation at large.

Sadly, it is always the darkest moment in the life of the Scheme. The management wishes to convey its deepest condolences to the family of Late Corps Member Yusuf and prays God to grant them the fortitude to bear the painful loss.

The Director-General wishes to admonish all Corps Members to at all times adhere strictly to the safety guidelines issued to them from time to time, which particularly frowns at night travels.

May the soul of Bomoi Suleiman Yusuf rest in peace.

Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs)

Director, Press and Public Relations

11 Corps Members Test Positive For COVID-19 At Taraba Orientation Camp

PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY: Members of the National Youth Service Corps depart the FCT orientation camp in Kubwa, Abuja on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

At least eleven National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members have tested positive for coronavirus Taraba State Orientation camp.

Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai disclosed this while briefing journalists in Jalingo, the state capital.

Vakkai said the corps members who tested positive are confirmed asymptomatic and are responding to treatment at an isolated centre in the state.

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The Commissioner explained that the corp members were tested based on the directives by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that all members of the scheme should be tested on arrival at various orientation camps.

The 11 corps members were discovered with the virus in Taraba State on arrival at the camp.

”So as part of the guidelines of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on the control of COVID-19 in Nigeria, they asked every state to carry out mass testing of all corps members present in camps and in Taraba state eleven corps members tested positive, but all of them were asymptomatic, that is to say, they are not showing symptoms.

”Since they are positive, the onus lies on the health authorities to ensure that they were quarantined.

”Based on the information I have so far received, they are all doing well and will soon reunite with their family as the camp closes,” he said.

Vakkai, who is also the Chairman Taskforce committee on COVID-19 in the state expressed sadness with the lack of compliance to the safety measures by residents of the state to reduce community transmission.

He insisted that there is a waiting danger ahead if the negligence is not curtailed.

He called on residents to exercise restraint and caution, especially during this Yuletide season.

34,785 Tested For COVID-19 Across NYSC Camps, 138 Positive – NCDC Boss

A file photo of corps members at one of the NYSC camps in the country.

 

No fewer than 34,685 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) across all the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps in the country.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He told reporters that those whose samples were collected included corps members and NYSC officials in various camps.

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Dr Ihekweazu noted that of the number tested, the results of 138 people returned positive and have been isolated.

He said, “We tested over the last few weeks a total, so far, of 34,785 people of which we found a total of 138 positive only.”

“So, we have a total prevalence of 0.4 per cent; in fact, about one in 200 new people coming into the camps turned out to be positive.

“None of them were allowed into the camp; all of them were excluded and either managed at home or the treatment centre depending on if they had symptoms and what state they were in,” the NCDC boss added.

He also spoke about the progress made so far in the area of vaccination against the disease, noting that four vaccines had already been announced.

Dr Ihekweazu stated that while these have brought excitement, there were lots to consider to guide decisions on which to go for when they became available.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who also briefed reporters, gave an update on COVID-19 infections, treatment, and fatalities.

He was that Nigeria was by no means out of the woods yet and urged the people to present themselves for testing.

Dr Ehanire said the PTF would continue to keep vigilance as COVID-19 cases surge in other parts of the world.

He gave an assurance that the ministry was taking measures to ensure that vaccine security was sure once they were available for the public.

The minister also revealed that it has been confirmed that the strange deaths in Delta and some other states were as a result of yellow fever.

Buhari Directs Enrolment Of NYSC Members Into Health Insurance Scheme

NYSC DG Visits Yobe Orientation Camp, Promises Maximum Security
File photo of a group of NYSC members.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure the enrolment of corps members in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

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

The NYSC DG also assured that the NYSC has expanded resources for the critical health needs of corp members.

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“Furthermore, we have concluded arrangements with the NHIS for the enrolment of corps members into the national insurance scheme in line with a presidential directive.

“We have also expanded huge resources on critical health needs of corps members, including footing of medical bills,” the NYSC DG said.

The NYSC DG had earlier mobilised 66,000 eligible graduates to participate in the 2020 Batch B service year.

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

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.

53 Persons Arrested In Connection With Kubwa NYSC Camp Looting – IGP

 

Fifty-three persons have been arrested in connection with the looting at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kubwa, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, announced this on Friday during an inspection tour of the camp with the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.

The NYSC DG, however, reiterated that the camp was not housing any palliative.

What was looted were kits and mattresses for the corp members who were billed to resume in two weeks.

According to him, so far, some of the youths have voluntarily returned what they looted.

This comes in the wake of series of looting that has occurred across the country in the past couple of days, even as miscreants hijacked the #EndSARS protests.

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Across the country, major malls, shops, private businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

The looting of warehouses storing COVID-19 palliatives, first started in Lagos – part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.

Viral videos on social media showed people packing out bags and cartons of the palliatives which were ought to have been shared by the government to cushion the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.

Nearly one week after, the lootings have intensified across other states with many slamming the government for ‘hoarding for months’ what could have helped Nigerians cope through the hard times of the pandemic.

The state governments, on the other hand, have come out to say the palliatives were not hoarded but rather saved for vulnerable groups of the society.