The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Katsina says its officials must undergo a COVID-19 test before being allowed into the camp for the 2021 Batch ‘B’ stream ll orientation exercise.

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According to NAN, Alex Obemeata, the NYSC spokesperson in Katsina, broke the news in a statement ahead of the orientation course scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

He said Ahidjo Yahaya, the state NYSC coordinator, gave the directive while meeting with the heads of all collaborating agencies for the exercise.

Yahaya was quoted as stating that the decision to have an all-encompassing test follows the need to secure all corps members’ lives and properties during the three weeks orientation exercise.

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The coordinator enjoined the officers to accept the camping environment and make do with the available.

“Adherence to COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical protocols is sacrosanct. Everybody must observe the safety measures, including the camp officials”, he was quoted as saying.

The new development is coming on the back of the COVID-19 surge in Nigeria and some parts of the world.

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Earlier, the NYSC camp in Ogun state had recorded 35 positive COVID-19 cases during its last orientation course.

This was after the scheme similarly detected 19 positive cases of the virus in Kano, 18 in Niger, and 21 in Taraba.



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