Fear grips NYSC as resident officer dies of COVID-19

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There was panic among staff of the National Youth Service Corps on Tuesday after a resident officer died of COVID-19.

The top officer was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano, a few days ago where he developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday.

Following his death, workers of the NYSC in Abuja and orientation camps, particularly in Kano, had been gripped by fear of contracting COVID-19.

Recall that the Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in June last year called on the Federal Government to consider suspending the NYSC orientation camp exercises for two years.

But the Federal Government snubbed the recommendation by re-opening orientation camps nationwide amid rising COVID-19 infections.

Since the camps were reopened, many corps members have tested positive for COVID-19. For example, at the Cross River NYSC camp, 13 corps members were reported to have tested positive on January 25.

It was learnt that on Tuesday the deceased officer went to Kano State where he represented the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim.

The NYSC Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), Emeka Mgbemena, confirmed the death of the officer but said he died outside the orientation camp.