1711 New Corps Members Sworn In…As NYSC DG Speaks On COVID-19 Vaccine
The 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream II Corps Members have been enjoined to continue to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols throughout the Orientation period.
In his speech at the NYSC Permanent Orientation camp, Umunna, Bende L.G.A, of Abia State during a formal induction of 1711 new corps members comprising of 1245 females and 466 males into the National Youth Service Corps which was observed in a low key, the NYSC Director General, Brig Gen Shuibu Ibrahim reminded them of the Federal Government’s plans to make presentation of evidence of COVID19 vaccination by civil servants a pre-requisite for gaining entry to public offices from 1st December, 2021, adding that the rule could apply to Corps members in places of Primary Assignment.
Brig Gen Shuibu Ibrahim who was represented by the Abia State NYSC coordinator, Mr Denis Jingi therefore encouraged those yet to take the vaccine, to do so without further delay.
“Of greater significance is the fact that the vaccine will keep you safe. We are already in touch with the relevant authorities with a view to ensuring that the vaccines are made available to you in the course of this programme”, Brig. Gen. Shuibu Ibrahim assured.
He appreciated the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) whose support and guidance is facilitating the safe and efficient conduct of the Orientation Course within the context of the ‘new normal.’
He particularly appreciated the NCDC for the continuous provision of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits and sensitization materials for usage in all Orientation Camps and also lauded other stakeholders, including the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the TY Danjuma Foundation, who both donated tens of thousands of Rapid Test Kits to the Scheme; the State Ministries of Health as well as Federal and State tertiary health institutions for their support in the areas of COVID-19 prevention and general health services.
Brig. Gen. Ibrahim advised the corps members to ensure physical distancing and wearing of face masks as well as make good use of hand washing facilities provided at strategic locations in the camp amongst other safety measures.
Brig. Gen. Ibrahim who congratulated the new corps members on the successful completion of their academic programmes, and subsequent mobilization for the National Service, also commended them for their prompt response to the clarion call “to serve our fatherland”.
He appreciated the support of the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as Security Agencies, traditional rulers, Corps Employers and other stakeholders, especially in areas of security and general welfare of Corps Members.
The corps members were sworn-in by the Chief Judge of Abia State, Honourable Justice Onuoha Kalu Ogwe who was represented by Hon. justice Benson Anya.
The Camp Director, Mrs Caroline Chukwu; the Camp Commandant, Captain Abdulrashed Alkasin; Resident Officer 1, Mr Boniface Onyembinama; the representative of the NYSC Area Director, Mr Mohammmed Isah; Head of Police, ASP Anapuna Chinemelum Felix; Head Civil Defence, ASC1 Iheke Oluchi; Head of NDLEA, Mr Mohammmed Sanusi; Head of Fire Service, Mr Awah Kalu and Head Red Cross, Chinenye Orihe were in attendance.