Friday, November 19, 2021

Graduates yet to take COVID-19 vaccine won’t be allowed into camp, says NYSC

 Graduates who have not taken COVID-19 vaccine jabs would not be allowed into its offices and orientation camps for the 2021 Batch C, Stream II, orientation course slated to begin on November 24, the National Youth Service Corps said on Friday.

The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said this during a press briefing in Abuja.

According to her, henceforth, each graduate seeking absorption into the its orientation exercise must present a certificate of fitness from a government or military hospital affixed with a stamp of the Nigerian Medical Association.

According to her, the new policy was to establish the health status of prospective corps members before they are registered for the mandatory national service.

Adeyemi said, “Sequel to the recent announcement of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, prospective corps members are to note that effective December 2 2021, they will be required to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination before they are allowed access into offices and orientation camps. Please note that the presentation of forged COVID-19 certificate is a criminal offence.

“In addition, each prospective corps member must present a certificate of fitness from a government or military hospital affixed with NMA stamp showing his or her health status before he or she will be registered.”

The NYSC spokesperson also enjoined qualified graduates who wish to be registered for national service not to present any fake document at the orientation camps.

“Management has put in place adequate machineries to clampdown and prosecute anyone caught”, she cautioned.

Adeyemi also warned that qualified graduates who failed to make themselves available for the one-year national service would be prosecuted in line with the provisions of Section 13 sub-section 1(a) and (b) of the NYSC Act.