The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) a committee chaired by Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advised the Federal government to consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp exercises at least for a period of two years.
The advice was as a measures to cushion the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. Currently, Nigeria has 16, 658 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 424 fatalities.
The Osinbajo committee made the recommendation in a report which was presented to President Buhari last week.
“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 committee report states
Recall that in March, 2020, the NYSC management suspended its orientation camps shortly after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
It is uncertain if the federal government will take the recommendation of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) to suspend the scheme’s camps for the period of time speculated.