Ms. Mercy Bamai, Coordinator of the National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) in Ebonyi, says that no member of the corps deployed to the state has tested positive for COVID-19.
Bambi made the reveal Monday at his permanent orientation camp, Afikpo, during the swearing-in ceremony for corps members deployed under 2020 Lot B – Stream One A.
The coordinator said that all officers at the orientation camp also underwent COVID-19 tests and all came back negative.
“The 560 members of the body consisting of 277 men and 283 women were sworn in with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.
“NYSC management provided COVID-19 preventive items at strategic locations in the camp, maintained a two-meter distance in accommodation, and arrangements to sit in hallways, among others,” he said.
The state coordinator urged corps members to take all aspects of the three-week orientation course seriously and to strictly observe all COVID-19 protocols.
Ebonyi Governor David Umahi, in his remarks, urged members of the corps serving in the state and country to be agents of nation building.
Umahi, represented by her Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Youth and Sports, Mr. Frank Onwe, said that members of the corps had an important role to play in nation-building.
“The orientation course is designed to especially equip you with the nation facing many challenges ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to the #End SARS protests.
“The peaceful protests turned into looting, murder, arson, among others, that our beloved country has not experienced in a long time,” he said.
He urged young people to avoid violence and to embrace peace and dialogue at all times, noting that young people in any country were its greatest assets.
“You are the future of all countries, that’s why we can’t do without you.
“The Ebonyi government will continue to improve the well-being of the members of the corps in the state to ensure that they render equitable service to our people and contribute to the development of the state,” he said.
Miss Stella Idia, a member of the Benue Corps, said she would contribute her share to the development of Ebonyi and the country.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the swearing-in ceremony was performed by the state’s chief judge, Judge Anselm Nwigwe.