Committee Led By Osinbajo Advised FG To Suspend NYSC For Two Years

Committee Led By Osinbajo Advised FG To Suspend NYSC For Two Years

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging Nigeria, the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) has advised the federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years.

The committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presented a report to President Muhammadu Buhari last week to consider the suspension of NYSC camps for 24 months.

In March, NYSC camps were shut following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.

It disclosed that the immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the current disruptions caused by the pandemic and ensuing social distancing measures at all levels of education.

“Practical steps will be taken to minimise disruption to learning, utilising technology as appropriate. Specifically, virtual learning will be implemented (either online or through broadcast), virtual convocation ceremonies or issuance of certificates (with postponed ceremonies) should be implemented to continue educational progression.

“In similar context, consideration will be given to suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp Exercises for at least 24 months while allowing deployment to places of primary assignment.

“This will ensure that there is no backlog in the National Service placement pipeline.”

Whereas, a statement was released by NYSC at the time said “the corps members shall be posted to commence their primary assignments forthwith, while they shall be invited back to the orientation camps when the situation improves”.

Reports gathered stated that the NYSC as at last week submitted a scheme proposal for reopening of its camps nationwide.

It is unclear if the federal government will take this portion of the Economic Sustainability Committee’s recommendation.

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