The Nigerian Youth Service Corps has announced that from January 2022, only fully vaccinated Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) will take part in the scheme.
This was disclosed by Mr Emeka Mgbemena, NYSC’s spokesman in a statement on Monday.
The statement revealed that the Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim gave the order on Monday addressing the 2021 Batch “C’’ Stream II set of corps members in a virtual meeting, citing rising fears of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in Nigeria.
The Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim said in his statement, “From the next orientation in the year 2022, all incoming PCMs will show evidence of vaccination before they will be allowed into the camp for registration.
“We want to ensure that we adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19.’’
“I commend the Federal Government, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the National Centre for Disease Control, and other stakeholders for the success of the 2021 Batch “C’’ Stream II orientation course,” Ibrahim added.
He added that the NYSC is partnering with the CBN, Access Bank, Bank of Industry, the NYSC Foundation, and Heritage Bank to enable corp members to access business loans.
“Efforts are on-going for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund which will make more funds available for every willing corps member to start their businesses as they exit service.
“I can assure you that our partners are ready to support us to ensure that the start-up capitals are made available to corps members,” Ibrahim said.
Recall Nairametrics reported last week that the Lagos State government said that its residents must present their COVID-19 vaccination cards to attend social gatherings during the December 2021 festive period.
The Federal Government had also said that Federal civil servants will be required to show evidence of Covid-19 vaccination before they are allowed access into offices with effect from December 1.