COVID-19: FG shuts NYSC camps nationwide

By David Abiola, Abuja

The Federal Government has directed the immediate suspension of the ongoing National Youth Corps Service camps nationwide over coronavirus fears.

The 2020 Batch A Stream One NYSC members arrived on camp on March 4 and are expected to leave on March 29.

But the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Wednesday, said the NYSC members would be released to resume at their places of primary assignment.

He tweeted that the closure was a precautionary measure on coronavirus.

“Today across the country, the NYSC Orientation camps will be closed and Youth Corps will be paid and sent to their places of primary assignment.

“Therefore, the Corps Members shall be posted to commence their primary assignments forthwith, while they shall be invited back to the Orientation Camps when the situation improves, just like it happened a few years ago when the Nation was confronted by the Ebola virus threat.

“This again is a precautionary measure on the part of the government to check the spread of COVID-19. The DG NYSC will provide details,” he tweeted.