The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says that only fully vaccinated prospective corps members will be allowed to register and partake in the scheme.
NYSC director-general Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this on Monday in Abuja while addressing the 2021 Batch C Stream II set of corps members in a virtual meeting, according to a statement by the corps’ spokesman Emeka Mgbemena.
“From the next orientation in the year 2022, all incoming PCMs will show evidence of vaccination before they will be allowed into the camp for registration.
“We want to ensure that we adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19,’’ Ibrahim said.
The new directive comes in the wake of reported cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Nigeria.
Ibrahim said that the scheme would not let down its guard in ensuring strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
“I commend the Federal Government, the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, the National Centre for Disease Control, and other stakeholders for the success of the 2021 Batch C Stream II orientation course,” Ibrahim said.
The director-general urged the Batch C Stream II set of corps members, whose orientation course ends on December 14, to continue to build on the skills learned during the orientation course.
The director-general advised corps members to choose personal projects that could be completed within the service year while also urging them not to borrow money to execute the projects.
He said that funds for personal projects should be sourced from their locality.
“Make sure you call on the traditional rulers, leaders, and youths so that they can support your project. Do not borrow money because you want to win the national honours award,” he said.