The Orientation exercise for Batch A, stream 1 and 2, may be combined when the camps are later re-opened across the country, reported the DG, National Youth Services Corps.
Prospective members of Batch A, stream II, were due to start the orientation program on April 2, 2020, across the country before the scheme hastily closed their camps across the country on Wednesday, after fears of coronavirus.
NYSC management said the decision was a precautionary measure to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the camps during the exercise.
NYSC Director-General Brig. General Shuaibu Ibrahim, in a telephone interview, said that all orientation course programs remain indefinitely suspended.
He said that the NYSC administration will review its decision as soon as it obtains additional authorization from the National Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health, that all is well.
The NYSC DG said: “Everything remains suspended until further notice. When we have time off when things get better, we will return. We will continue to monitor the situation. Once we get the release and things are fine, now we can get them back and make other decisions in stream two.
“I remember that during Ebola, the exercise was also suspended like that. Later, they joined stream one and two to complete the program. But for now, we will wait for more release. Once we have a directive that things are clear and that everything is fine, we can now make new decisions.
“The life of the members of the body is more important. When things get better, we can bring them all together (Batch A stream I and II), as appropriate, but for now, we have to wait and get authorization.
“Things are changing. The federal government is taking proactive steps, so we also need to be careful.
“When we get authorization from the National Center for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health that everything is fine, we will return to the camp. Those who have already been inducted are already members of the body and have been posted to their primary place of assignment. ”
“When things get better, we will return them (to camp) to complete the training because the orientation is very essential.
Earlier, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, had said that members of the body would be released to resume at their primary assignment sites.
The minister tweeted that the closure was a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.
He said: “Today, across the country, NYSC orientation camps will be closed and people will be paid and sent to primary assignment sites.
“This again is a precautionary measure on the part of the government to check the spread of COVID -19. The DG will provide details. “