The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu has urged corps members currently undergoing their orientation course programme in Ebonyi to strictly observe all COVID-19 protocols.

Shuiabu gave the urge at the NYSC Ebonyi permanent orientation camp, Afikpo during a visit to the 2020 Batch B—Stream one A corps members currently undergoing their mandatory orientation course programme.

The NYSC DG urged the corps members to see him as a father whom they should listen to when he talks to them

“Adhere strictly to all COVID -19 protocol which include social distancing, wearing of face masks, steady use of hand sanitisers, steady washing of hands with soap and running water among others.

“We are happy that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ensured that all corps members including camp and mammy market officials, are tested.

“It is assumed that you are all safe, so adhere strictly to the protocols.

He noted that NYSC places much importance to its cardinal programmes which include: orientation, place of primary assignment, community development and passing out ceremony.

“The orientation course is frontal in our programmes because it is the first point of contact you have with your colleagues across the nation.

“You might never have been to Ebonyi if not for the NYSC as the orientation course is meant to ensure interaction, integration and promote peace and unity among you.

“You will also be trained on leadership and discipline because among you here are future presidents, senators, governors, army generals among others.

“I was one a corps member like you in 1989 and never knew that I could be like this.

Mrs Mercy Bamai, the NYSC State Coordinator thanked the DG for the visit and his fatherly advice to the corps members which she pledged that they would imbibe and practicalise.

She gave an account of the camp situation, noting that things were working normal despite inherent challenges.

The DG also paid a courtsey call on Governor David Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, and thanked the state government for its numerous support to the scheme.

Igwe the deputy governor, pledged the state government’s continued assistance to the corps as it was gratified on the way it has enhanced the well being of the people especially the rural dwellers.

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