NYSC Guidelines on Resumption of Orientation Course Nationwide

COVID-19: National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Releases Guidelines for Re-Opening of Orientation Camps and Resumption of Orientation Course Nationwide.

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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.

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.

The Director-General, NYSC, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim admonishes Corps Members and prospective ones 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 sanitiser.

Together, we shall come out stronger in post COVID-19.

Management.
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Pursuant to the resumption of the suspended 2020 Batch 'A', Stream I Orientation Course on the basis of anticipated lifting of the restrictions by the Federal Government, occasioned by COVID-I9 pandemic, Management has adopted strategies to be implemented at the camps for the smooth conduct of the orientation exercises.

These strategies which have been reviewed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are outlined as follows.

NYSC Guidelines on Re-Opening of Orientation Camps and Resumption of Orientation Course Nationwide

A. Pre-Orientation Course Activities

  • Decontamination of habitable areas in camp, in addition to strict observance of physical distancing, regular hand-washing, avoidance of face touching, sensitizing all members of the camp community on cough etiquette (hygiene) and enforcement of the use of face mask.
  • Re-arrangement of beds for corps members to allow for two-meter spacing as provided for in the COVID-19 safety protocol. 
  • Temperature testing at the point of entry to the camps for corps members, and all other members of the camp community, Trained personnel to be engaged on this score.
  • States using schools as temporary orientation camps should start liaising with their respective State Governments immediately, as such schools would be eager to resume after the lifting of the restrictions
  • Camp Market operators should be sensitized on COVID-19 protocols, and their number scaled down to allow for physical distancing.
  • Call.up letters of prospective corps members shall Include all protocols on COVID-19 Prevention. 
  • Reduction in the number of corps participants during each orientation exercise, to free, space and make for physical distancing.
  • Period of registration to be extended to effectively manage the crowd. This is to ensure that there are no large gatherings during the registration period.
  • Key camp officials are to be trained by NCDC on infection Prevention and Control (IPC), who will in turn step down the training to other camp officials and corps members.
  • Resident Consultants from Federal Tertiary Health institutions are to train Corps Medical Personnel on management of suspected cases of COVID-19 on camp

b. IN-Camp Activities

  • Restriction of movement during the on course, excepting only very essential personnel.
  • Compulsory use of face masks by all orientation course participants.
  • Introduction of e-learning for some lectures in the camp, the number of lectures to be scaled down to accommodate only very essential ones. Other lectures to be held virtually.
  • Hand Washing Stands and hand sanitizers must be made available at various points in camp. 
  • There must be strict adherence to social distancing in all camp activities. A committee comprising NYSC officials, representatives of collaborating agencies In camp and corps members should be constituted, to monitor compliance with COVID-19 Safety protocols.
  • Many service points should be created for activities, where corps members are expected to queue up, e.g Registration, Issuance of kits, Collection of meals. Payment of allowance etc. 

NB:
  • Accordingly, State/FCT Coordinators are requested to strengthen camp preparations for safe orientation exercise
  • There most be effectual liaison with the relevant agencies In the States/FCT to ensure adherence to the implementation of the strategies.
  • Area Directors are to monitor and report on the level of compliance with the strategies, please.