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Social Media users and other platforms has over the past weeks, spread rumors regarding the re-opening of the NYSC Orientation Camps and some listed COVID-19 guidelines. Recall that the Orientation Camps were closed by the scheme as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic, and as a measure to reducing its spread.
The Corp in a statement published on its verified Facebook Page on Thursday 25th June 2020 warns Corps Members as well as Prospetive Corps Members to disregard such rumours stating that it was for "internal consumption, and aims at guiding the post COVIC-19 operations of the Orientatoon camps."
The statement reads: "The attention of Management of the National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to an online publication with the above headline, alluding that the Scheme would soon resume Orientation programme.
"The NYSC circular in reference is for internal consumption, and aims at guiding the post COVID-19 operations of the Orientation Camps."
The scheme also cleared the air as regards underlying plans and guideline to re-opening of Orientation Camps.
"To put issues in proper perspective, it is appropriate to state that the National Youth Service Corps will only return to the Orientation Camps when it is VERY SAFE to do so, in view of the danger posed by COVID-19 pandemic which is still very formidable.
"The Scheme places very high premium on the lives of Corps Members, camp officials and other stakeholders which was the key reason it suspended 2020 Batch "A" Stream 1 Orientation Programme in March this year, and shall never act in anyway that will compromise their safety.
"To reinforce the foregoing, it is apt to add that even when it has been sufficiently established it is safe to proceed to the camps for the resumption of normal activities, the Corps shall only do so when it has received the nod of the Federal Government.
"Accordingly, Corps Members and prospective Corps Members are advised to glean information concerning the Scheme only from NYSC official sources - both the social and mainstream media.
Corps Members and PCM were also admonished to continue strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols, predicated on social/physical distancing, wearing of face masks, proper washing of the hands for at least twenty seconds and use of hand sanitizer.