Seven prospective National Service Corps (NYSC) in Kano State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, tested positive for COVID-19 and as such were not registered to be part of the Batch B, Stream 1A of the 2020 service year, officials confirmed.
Two youths were affected in Kano, while five were affected in the FCT camp in Kubwa, Abuja.
Officials of NYSC at the orientation camps who confirmed the development at the swearing-in of the corps members on Monday, explained that affected youths were taken to isolation centres for treatment.
In Kano, the Coordinator of NYSC in the state, Hajiya Aisha Tata, said 800 who arrived at the camp in Kusalla, Karaye, were tested for the virus.
“All necessary equipment are available towards preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
“Face masks, hand sanitizers, water and other materials are available to ensure that all members use them,” she said.
Tata said that the camp was fumigated before the camping.
Similarly, the NYSC Coordinator in FCT, Hajiya Walida Isa, said the five youths were among 800 tested for the virus.
The NYSC management had announced that all youths meant to participate in the programme would be tested before being enrolled, while facilities would be available to manage cases.
During the induction ceremony, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, assured all corps members of their safety.
Ganduje, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed, advised corps members to exercise patience and respect national symbols as well to be good ambassadors of their respective states.
“All corps members should refrain from irregular or illegal activities,” he said.
The governor also advised the youth to strive to maintain unity and good relationships towards promoting peace and unity of the country.