The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been urged by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to start preparing for the resumption of its full activities since the Federal Government has started easing many restrictions put in place to control the pandemic.
The request was announced by the national coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu on a media briefing on Thursday, August 6. The NYSC suspended orientation camps nationwide and stopped the deployment of corp members in March as part of the country’s procedures to cap the spread of the global pandemic.
“We will work closely with them to design policies that may allow this to happen in the future,” stated Aliyu. However, the resumption of the NYSC activities is not anticipated to resume till at least September as the PTF confirmed that the second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown has been extended by four more weeks.
According to the national coordinator, the second phase of the lockdown was extended as many Nigerians are failing to comply with the COVID-19 measures that were put in place to control the spread of the virus.
“The assessment that we did have revealed that there’s a lot of non-compliance with our non-pharmaceutical interventions, a lot of disbelief, skepticism, negativity with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is very clear that we need to have additional interventions to improve compliance with our non-pharmaceutical measures and our protocols,” he added.