As part of measures to ensure the stop of the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has abruptly ended orientation exercise in camps across the country.
The Batch A orientation camps for graduates started on March 10 and were supposed to last for 21 days.
Corps members in the camps were, however, shocked when they were told in the middle of the night that the camps had closed and they were all to receive their letters to places of primary assignment.
The corps members said they were told this was due to the coronavirus outbreak and its rising case in Nigeria.
A corps member serving in Gombe, who spoke on the development stated: “We started receiving letters to our places of primary assignment at about 1 a.m. today.”
Another serving in Plateau said they started receiving letters to their Place of Primary Assignment, PPA, very early on Wednesday.
It was gathered that the decision may have been influenced by yesterday’s resolution of the presidential task force that large public gatherings should be discouraged across the country.
The task force also banned foreign trips for public officials but did not restrict travels to Nigeria from countries with high cases of coronavirus.
It only said travellers from such countries would be on self-quarantine for 14 days during which they would be monitored.
The 11-member task force headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, announced its resolutions Tuesday night after a meeting in Abuja.
Nigeria has currently confirmed three cases of coronavirus with no deaths recorded.
The pandemic has killed over 7,000 people globally, mainly in China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.
Recall that the federal government added three countries- Germany, France and Spain to the list of high-risk countries for which it has issued travel caution due to the widespread community transmission of the virus.