By Joseph Anzaku – Lafia
Nasarawa State office of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, says all COVID-nineteen safety measures have been put in place ahead of reopening of the camp for orientation next week.
State Co-ordinator of the scheme, Mr Stephen Dewan, dropped the hint during inspection of the COVID-nineteen facilities at the orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Correspondent, Joseph Anzaku, who was there for Radio Nigeria reports that following the directive by the Federal Government, to reopen the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, orientation camps across the country on November Tenth, twenty-twenty, the Nasarawa State office of the scheme has swung into action by putting necessary measures to avoid spread of the Coronavirus disease at the Camp.
State NYSC co-ordinator, Mr Stephen Dewan, said facilities at the camp have been renovated and safety items such as hand washing plastic buckets and sanitizers have also been placed in strategic areas for staff and corps members.
When asked the number of of prospective corps members expected to participate in the forthcoming orientation exercise, Mr Stephen Dewan said, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, warned against a crowded orientation at the camps across the country.
‘Due to the COVID-nineteen protocol, each camp is evaluated and given a certain number it can take by the NCDC. We have been given about 1200 to be divided into two stream of 600 each’.
Mr Dewan further noted that only camp officials and prospective corps members who tested negative for Coronavirus would be allowed into the orientation camp, for the first batch of the exercise. ‘We have a specially designed sample collection box, that will take the sample of everybody that’s supposed to be on camp, and only those who are found to have clean bill of health will be allowed to come into the camp’.
Incident Manager. Nasarawa State COVID-nineteen Emergency Operating Centre, Doctor Ibrahim Adamu, having inspected the camp facilities said, the State NYSC team has done well as regards preparation for reopening of the orientation camp, next week.
Doctor Adamu therefore commended the management of the scheme, for adhering to the COVID-nineteen safety measures, especially two meter seat arrangement in the hall, for corps members registration and lectures among others, ‘Right from the (NYSC orientation Camp in Keffi) gate, you can actually see hand IPC stations as regards hand washing stations and then all the strategic places: the halls, hostels, Mammy market areas, worship places, clinic, parade ground have actually been installed with IPC stations’.
Mr Adamu continue, ‘By and large, I think that the camp is more than ready to receive corpers (sic) for this next batch of orientation’, he added.
A visit to the NYSC orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State showed that the state NYSC have adhered to the NCDC protocols on COVID-nineteen, to ensure safety of everyone on camp and smooth running of the orientation course for the next twenty-one days.