COVID-19: Osinbajo advises federal government to suspend NYSC for two years


As part of the topline advice from the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) led by Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the committee has advised the federal government to suspend the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

In the report released last week, the committee suggested that the NYSC programme should be suspended for a minimum period of two years.

“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.”

In March, Nigeria shut down all NYSC orientation programmes after the cases of Coronavirus spiked across the country.

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