The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says only prospective corps members (PCMs) that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would be allowed into its orientation camps as from next year.
Shuaibu Ibrahim, director-general (DG) of the scheme, spoke on Monday in his virtual address to batch C stream II corps members.
According to the NYSC DG, the measure became imperative in the wake of rising concerns over the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the country.
Ibrahim said in addition to vaccination, the NYSC is implementing measures to ensure non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
“From the next orientation in the year 2022, all incoming PCMs will show evidence of vaccination before they will be allowed into the camp for registration,” he said.
“We want to ensure that we adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19.”
In a statement by Emeka Mgbemena, NYSC’s deputy director of press and public relations, Ibrahim also enjoined the corps members to take advantage of the skills acquired as their orientation course ends on Tuesday.
The NYSC DG said if well harnessed, such skills would help them become business owners, instead of job seekers.
He also disclosed that the scheme is partnering with relevant institutions to support corps members who have good business proposals with soft loans.
“Efforts are on-going for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund which will make more funds available for every willing corps member to start their businesses as they exit service,” he added.
“NYSC is a platform for those that are very serious. Please take the skills acquisition seriously and ensure you register for the post-camp training.
“I can assure you that our partners are ready to support us to ensure that the start-up capitals are made available to corps members.”
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