Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) has advise the Presidency to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises for two years.
This was contained in the Committee’s report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari, as the committee looked into the aftermath of the pandemic as regards the education sector.
NYSC had shut down its camps and orientation activities nationwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in March and just last week, proposed reopening for activities.
The ESC however, thinks reopening the camps is not a good idea yet, hence suggested that the camps be closed for 24 months. It added that deployment of corp members to places of primary assignment will however be allowed to ensure that there is no backlog in the scheme.
“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“, the report says.