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Osinbajo Committee Suggests Suspension Of NYSC Camps For 24 Months


The Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has suggested that the federal government should consider suspending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp exercises for two years.

In a report presented to President Muhammadu Buhari last week and obtained by TheCable, the committee recommended the consideration of suspension of NYSC camps for 24 months.

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.”

It would be recalled that in March, NYSC camps were shut following the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and as part of plans to curtail further spread.

However, last week, the NYSC submitted a proposal for reopening of its orientation camps exercises nationwide.

Meanwhile, the federal government is yet to release an update following the recommendation, it remains unclear if the government will take this portion of the Economic Sustainability Committee’s recommendation into consideration.

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