The federal government had earlier this year, began the implementation of Covid-19 awareness and containment measures which has mandated the public, private and government institutions to comply with standard regulations and directives aimed at curbing the menace.
In a recent press statement on Covid-19, the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) says it has initiated post-Covid 19 prevention strategies in line with existing government guidelines, that would foster social-economic activities.
As contained in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of NYSC Mrs. A. Adeyemi, the plans were made known through the Director-General of the scheme Brg-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim during a courtesy visit to Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the federal capital territory.
During the visit, The NYSC boss revealed that the scheme has duly observed several protocols established by federal government on Covid-19, making highlights on its suspension of the 2020 Batch ‘A’ stream one orientation course, and the passing out of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ stream one corps members, which was carried out on the dictates of Covid-19 prevention guidelines.
In view of subsequent or permanent relaxation of lock down by the federal government, the NYSC Director General revealed that its members are ready with Covid-19 control and prevention models which would be tabled to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 through the NCDC for necessary remarks and support.
Still on Covid-19, Shaibu Ibrahim made highlights on the contributions of members of the scheme especially corps members who have engaged in Covid-19 awareness activities as well as production of face masks, liquid soaps, sanitizers and sensor-operated dispensers for liquid soap, sanitizer and water.
Ibrahim solicited the support of the PTF on the mass production of sensor-operated dispensers for liquid soap, sanitizer and water which would boost sanitary habits at various NYSC orientation camps.
The NYSC DG, praised the NCDC for its unrelented national efforts in the fight against Covid-19. He also expressed readiness of the scheme to begin activities, stating that the suspended 2020 Batch ‘A’ orientation course would be completed following any signal from PTF.
Ikekweazu in his response, acknowledged NYSC and its members for investing time and support in the combat against Covid-19, expressing that the proposals tendered by the NYSC DG, would be given due attention as the scheme deserves support to continue its primary responsibility of national integration.