By Katurak Yashim
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has charged corps members to intensify sensitisation on COVID-19 preventive measures in local communities, as countries including Nigeria battle a new wave of infections.
Mr Suleman Abdul, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, charged the corps members during the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2021 Batch B Stream I set in Abuja on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the upsurge of COVID-19 infections has increased in Nigeria since a new variant of the virus was discovered.
According to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the ‘Delta variant’, has seen the country record 541 new cases as of Aug. 16.
The number of active cases is 13,152, an increase from 12,917 reported on Aug. 14.
“I urge all corps members to take responsibility and stay safe and not relent in their quest to sensitise the members of their host communities on the COVID-19 preventive protocol.
“I urge you to remain guided by the motor of the scheme, which is ‘service and humility’, and ensure you become agents of change where ever you go.
“Gentlemen corps members, as you commence your primary assignment today, I urge you to fully integrate yourselves into your host community.
“Make concerted efforts to address the needs of your host community by using the instrumentality of the Community Development Service (CDS) programme.”
Abdul also charged corps members to respect the community’s culture, tradition and views to enable them to meaningfully take part in the community’s development process.
The FCT coordinator urged corps members to remain security conscious, avoid night time activities, and be good ambassadors of the scheme.
“I urge you to resist the temptation of traveling out without permission. Ensure you follow the due process at all times if it becomes necessary to travel and try not to travel at night time.
“The country needs you, your parents need you and we love yo, so try to be safety conscious always.”
No fewer than 2,710 corps members, comprising 944 males and 1,766 females, participated in the orientation course organised by the scheme in the FCT. (NAN)