The National Youth Service Corps has warned corps members in Ebonyi about the prevalence of the COVID-19 delta variant.
Mrs Mercy Bamai, NYSC Director in Ebonyi gave the warning on Monday in Afikpo during the swearing-in ceremony of corps members for the 2021 batch Stream 1 orientation programme.
Bamai said that the delta variant of the highly infectious disease was real and urged corps members to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
“You should always wear your face masks, wash your hands regularly, maintain social distance, regularly use hand sanitisers, maintain good hygiene among other measures.
“You should also submit yourselves to daily temperature checks as the NYSC had put modalities in place to ensure a safe orientation programme,”.
The state director urged the corps members to always be security conscious to ensure a successful orientation programme.
“Whenever you notice strange movements, report to the appropriate quarters for immediate actions.
“Discipline is our watchword and acts of indiscipline or improper conduct would not be condoned in the camp.
“You are therefore enjoined to read the orientation programme’s guide and other publications to ensure better understanding of your stay in the camp and beyond,”.
She noted that a total of 1,518 corps members had been mobilised for the orientation programme, consisting of 718 males and 800 females.
“The corps members have been peaceful and orderly in their conduct and have adapted to the camp’s regiments.
“We commend the state government for its unflinching support to the scheme and pledge that corps members would always contribute their quota to the development of the state.
“We also appreciate the relevant security agencies for promptly releasing their personnel for the programme and all camp officials for the efforts,”.
Mr Samuel Okon, a Corps member from Cross River, said that the orientation programme has afforded him the opportunity of visiting Ebonyi and pledged to integrate with its people.
The oath of allegiance on the corps members was administered by the state Chief Judge, Justice Elvis Ngene, represented by Jutsice Patrick Chima. ENDS.