NIGER, Nigeria – The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Corps members posted to Niger State have all been confirmed negative to COVID-19.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi made the disclosure during the opening ceremony of the Batch B Stream 1 orientation course at Paiko Orientation Camp.
She explained that the 620 corps members, camp officials as well as camp marketers have all gone through the test conducted by the Niger State NCDC team.
The coordinator said ” In keeping with the COVID-19 preventive guidelines, the State NCDC Team have carried out thorough COVID-19 screening for every individual resident on the camp which is inclusive of all camp officials, corps members and camp marketers. Fortunately, all tests have been confirmed COVID-19 negative.”
According to her, wash hand bowls, sanitizers and personnel with infra-red thermometers have been put at the main entrance gate and at strategic locations within the camp premises.
“This is to ensure the maximum safety of the Corps members and the entire camp community.”
Ajayi also reminded the State Governor of the need to complete the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp as well as building additional hostels for members.
The Coordinator added that a total number of 620 corps members including 303 females and 317 males have currently been registered for the program.
Speaking, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane explained that the Corps members are coming at a very trying period when the Nation is still battling with the possible resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bello called on Corps members to strictly adhere to all the safety protocols set up to protect them throughout their stay in camp while assuring them of their safety during the duration of their stay in the state.