The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said no camp official or corps member has tested positive for COVID-19 in any of the NYSC 37 orientation camps in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The clarification came yesterday from the NYSC press and public relations officer, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi.
In an interview with our correspondent, Adeyemi said the content of a story published yesterday by a national daily (not LEADERSHIP) was very misleading as all corps members as well as camp officials admitted in the camps are COVID-19 negative.
Commenting on the report titled: “NYSC Camps On Red Alert As 109 Test Positive For COVID-19,” Adeyemi said only corps members who were tested and confirmed negative were allowed to enter into the camps.
“Any prospective corps members who were tested positive were immediately handed over to the NCDC. The corps members inside the camps are not positive.
“Management hereby restates that there is no COVID-19 positive corps member in any of the 37 NYSC Orientation Camps nationwide.
“Please, note that before any prospective corps member is admitted into the 37 camps, they must undergo COVID-19 test.
“Only those that test negative are admitted, the same rule applies to camp officials. Those that test positive are handed over to the NCDC for treatment and management,” Adeyemi said.
She said “it is pertinent to state that there is a gulf of difference between a corps member and a prospective corps member”, stressing that one becomes a corps member after admittance to the camp, registers and administered the Oath of National Allegiance.
Adeyemi continued, “Anyone mobilised for service, but has not gone through the aforesaid process is not a corps member.
“In view of the foregoing explanation, there is no red alert in NYSC Orientation Camps, as all corps members as well as camp officials admitted in the camps are COVID-19 negative,” she stated.
This is just as the NYSC director-general, Bri-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said testing is a prerequisite for admission of potential corps members into orientation camps.