NYSC to deploy Corp Members to curb spread of Covid-19

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo State has said that Corps members will be deployed to the State will be harnessed in combating the spread of Covid-19 also known as coronavirus.

Speaking in an interview recently, the State’s NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Grace Ogbuogebe, stated that the capacity and capabilities will be channeled towards supporting the efforts of the State Government combating the pandemic

She maintained that since the outbreak of the pandemic, Corps Members had been challenged to complement what the government was doing to curb its spread.

Ogbuogebe noted that the directive by the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim since the outbreak had spurred corps members to venture into the production of protective items to complement efforts of the state government in curbing the virus.

The state coordinator further stated that the items, produced by the corps members under the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) project, were 99 per cent World Health Organisation (WHO) standard.

According to her, the corps members were not deterred by the cost, but what it could achieve towards the fight against the pandemic.

She said that the NYSC SAED project was in collaboration with banks and other agencies who gave micro-credit to corps members to mass produce the items.

“The scheme has the capacity for mass production of the hand sanitisers, branded reusable face mask and liquid hand wash”, she said.

Ogbuogebe also said that the Oyo State Government through the supervising Ministry of Youth and Sports had always supported the scheme in the state.

“In this trying period which requires collective efforts and expertise, the NYSC, Oyo State, has taken up the challenge to assist the state government within its capacity to combat the pandemic.

“The items recently donated to the government include four cartons of hand sanitisers (500ml, 200ml, 100ml), two cartons of re-usable face masks and two cartons of liquid hand wash (500ml).

“The Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede, who received the donation appreciated the corps members and assured that the items will be judiciously used in the fight against COVID-19 in the state,” she said.

Recall that the NYSC in Oyo recently donated cartons of hand sanitisers, face masks and liquid hand wash produced by some corps members to the state government.


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