COVID-19: Osinbajo’s Committee Advises President Buhari To Suspend NYSC for Two Years

By Abimbola Ogunnaike

The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp for two years.

The recommendation was made by the committee due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

The committee, however, recommended that deployment of primary assignment will still go on despite suspension.

“The immediate focus in the Education sector is to address the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and ensure social distancing measures at all levels of education.

“Practical steps will be taken to minimize disruption to learning and appropriate utilization of technology,” the report reads.

Osinbajo’s committee also recommended the implementation of virtual convocation ceremonies with issuance of certificates (with postponed ceremonies) in a bid to continue the progression of education.

“In a 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 in the country,” the letter added.

It would be recalled that the NYSC submitted a proposal for approval which includes guidelines, to reopen camps across the country.

The 2020 Batch ‘A’ Stream One Orientation Course was suspended after a week, as part of the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.


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