Osinbanjo’s Committee Recommends Suspension of NYSC Camps for 2 years

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 17 – The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged the federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years.

In its report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, it said “The immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the 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.”

Recall that NYSC orientation camps were shut in March following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.

At the time, the NYSC released a statement saying “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.”

For the first time in recent years, NYSC issued Certificates of National Service to corps members at the local government levels across the country after completion of their one-year service. The suspension of the usual passing out parade and issuance of the certificate at local government levels were precautionary measures while the country is still fighting coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the scheme submitted a proposal for the resumption of its camp activities nationwide just last week.

It is uncertain if the federal government will heed to this recommendation preferred by the Economic Sustainability Committee.

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