03 November 2020 By Joseph Anzaku .
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 orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the State.
Mr Dewan said following the directive by the Federal Government, to reopen orientation camps across the country on November Tenth, twenty-twenty, the Nasarawa State office of the scheme swung into action by putting necessary measures to avoid spread of the Coronavirus disease at the Camp.
The NYSC co-ordinator explained that facilities at the camp have been renovated and safety items such as hand washing buckets and sanitizers have also been placed in strategic areas for staff and corps members.
On the number of prospective corps members expected to participate in the forthcoming orientation exercise, Mr Dewan said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, warned against crowded 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 streams of 600 each’.
Mr Dewan further noted that only camp officials and prospective corps members who tested negative to 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 is supposed to be on camp, and only those who are found to have a clean bill of health would be allowed 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 in preparation for reopening of the orientation camp, next week.
Doctor Adamu also commended the management of the scheme, for adhering to the COVID-nineteen safety measures, especially the two meter seat arrangement in the hall, for corps members registration and lectures among others.
‘Right from the gate of the orientation Camp in Keffi, you can see 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’.
‘By and large, I think that the camp is more than ready to receive corpers for this next batch of orientation’, he added.