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Coronavirus: Group Urges NYSC To Postpone Camp Exercise

A human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern, has urged the National Youth Service Corps to postpone its ‘Batch A’ orientation camp exercise due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.

According to IgbereTV reports, this was contained in a statement signed by the Director of the group, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday.

The group said, “Authorities of the NYSC on Sunday, March 8, told prospective youth corp members not to panic over coronavirus outbreak.

“According to NYSC, certain preventive measures have been put in place to prevent any outbreak of the virus in its 37 orientation camps nationwide.

“But we express doubts over the wisdom behind the resolve of the NYSC to carry on with the orientation exercise in the face of the outbreak.

“To be on the safe side, the exercise should be postponed by one or two months.

“We are talking of 350,000 skilled Nigerians. These are our children. They are the hope of this country. We should not put their lives at risk.

“Events are being postponed across the world. Saudi Arabia, a highly conservative country, saw the wisdom in halting its annual Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).”

The group said available records showed that coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, had killed more than 4,000 people and infected over 116,000 people across the world.

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All Comments

  • i think its a good idea that the NYSC programme should be postponed.

    Grace March 11, 2020 12:39 pm
  • i think it should not be postponed, because there is no corona virus in Nigeria, the news about the Italian is a lie.

    Gift March 11, 2020 12:42 pm
  • there are only Nigerian students or say graduates that attend the nysc program, and as far as i concerned we are concerned no corona virus in Nigeria.

    owolabi martins March 11, 2020 12:44 pm
    • we also have foreign students, who attend the NYSC program and they join in camp activities too.

      Ujunwa March 11, 2020 12:48 pm
  • corona virus cannot survive ib Nigeria no need stressing over what we do not even have.

    Adanna March 11, 2020 12:51 pm
  • better safe than sorry, the program can continue after the virus have been dealt with for now let us keep our children safe.

    Zander C March 11, 2020 3:20 pm
  • This NYSC thing is not by force ooo. corona virus is real.

    Damilola March 11, 2020 3:49 pm
  • i think it is just a way of siphoning money, some medical practitioners have said it cant survive in Nigeria. so until we believe there is corona virus in Nigeria NYSC should continue.

    Damilola olaosebikan March 11, 2020 3:55 pm
  • We need to think these through before making drastic decisions, some Nigerian graduates actually see this NYSC thing as a major achievement so we cant just do away with it until we are sure of the situation.

    Femi March 11, 2020 3:58 pm

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