By David Olalekan
The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has recommends to federal government the suspension of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years.
In its report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday, the committee recommended the consideration of suspension of NYSC camps for 24 months.
“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,” the report read.
“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,” the report argued.
The orientation course for 2020 Batch ‘A’ corps members was suspended a week into the 3 week program following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.The corps were posted to places of primary assignment to commence their service year.
The Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaib Ibrahim has maintained that the corps members who were posted out before the expiration of the camping period would be recalled to the camp to complete the outstanding two weeks once the threat posed by the corona virus abates.
Just six days ago, the top management of NYSC led by the Director General made a presentation to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) detailing the strategies being planned by the youth corps scheme to ensure the camps reopened. Since the engagement with NCDC, speculations were rife that the national youth service may resume orientation course in August.