The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has proposed to the Federal Government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercise for Two years. This is amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and the need to prevent its further spread in NYSC camps.
Prospective Corp members are periodically mobilized across the country for the 3 weeks scheduled orientation camp. The new corp members are trained and oriented by the Nigeria military during these periods, they are also empowered with the various programmes available in the camp, such as the Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Department (SAED).
While the Committee presented its report to President Muhammadu Buhari during the previous week, it recommended the suspension of the NYSC camps for Twenty-four months. The new Corp members will however and instead be deployed directly to their Primary Place of Assignment (PPA). This is to ensure no backlog of graduates in the one year mandatory scheme.
The report further reads in part;“Practical steps will be taken to minimise disruption to learning , utilising technology as appropriate . Specifically, virtual learning will be implemented (either online or through broadcast), virtual convocation ceremonies or issuance of certificates (with postponed ceremonies) should be implemented to continue educational progression. “The immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the disruptions caused by the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures at all levels of education,” (Culled from NGnews)
Also recall that the 2020 Batch A stream 1 fresh corpers were sent away from orientation camps earlier this year due to COVID-19 outbreak. Other Batch and streams fate are not decided yet due to the pandemic in the country, and the need to observe the social distancing rule.