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COVID-19: FG Threatens To Shut Down NYSC Camps

Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, says the Federal Government will close any National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp where the state government does not comply with all the COVID-19 protocols.

He said this while addressing journalists at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 national briefing on Monday in Abuja.

He said that over 700 corps members from the current batch tested positive for COVID-19.

Explaining his periodic visit to different state camps, he stated the government’s concern for the youths of the nation and against the spread of the virus.

“It has become necessary that all safety protocols be adhered to.

“Any orientation camp that is not obeying the protocol will simply be closed as the NYSC cannot afford to risk the lives and health of corps members,” he said.

Recall that the PTF had conducted the testing of Batch B corps members using rapid test kits (RDTs) and out of the 35,419 in Batch B, 731 tested positive as compared to 108 recorded during the Batch A.

The minister said that corps members who might be affected if the camps get shut would be reposted to adjoining states.



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