BY MARYAM ABDULLAHI

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Shuaibu Ibrahim, director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says that corps members will not be deployed to security-challenged areas.

Ibrahim spoke on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 2021 batch ‘A’ pre-orientation workshop in Karu, Nasarawa state.

The NYSC DG also said that the scheme is in constant interaction with security agencies to ensure that the safety of corp members is not undermined.

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“As the welfare and safety of Corps members and Staff is part of the policy thrust of my administration, we shall continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders to evolve strategies for the protection of all corps members and the entire camp community during the orientation course,” he said.

Ibrahim explained that the workshop titled “managing corps population in the context of the new normal” will enable top management collaborations with partners and stakeholders to review previous orientation courses and enhance the scheme’s performance in successive exercises.

He also said the orientation courses were conducted under strict adherence to the safety measures of COVID-19.

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He added that the camps have been placed under the condition that would allow them to conduct online exercises with approved COVID-19 safety guidelines.

“We worked closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and state ministries of health in this regard,” he said.

“However, we would use the opportunity of the workshop too, among other things, harness our experiences and explore the prospect of increasing camp capacity, without losing sight of the need to adhere strictly to COVID -19 safety protocols, as we learn to operate optimally under the “new normal.”

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