Coronavirus: FG converts NYSC orientation camps, stadiums to Isolation centers

The Federal Government has approved the use of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps nationwide, including four stadiums in the country as isolation centres in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

These include the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos; Liberty Stadium Ibadan; M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abuja and Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

Also, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps nationwide would be used as isolation centres.

This was disclosed on Friday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare in a tweet on his official handle.

“Mr President has approved for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, and Kaduna, as well as our NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centres as they are needed.

“We are in touch with relevant authorities, Dare tweeted.

The Federal Government had earlier suspended sporting activities at stadiums nationwide and ordered the immediate closure of NYSC orientation camps nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sports Minister however on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-opening of the camps as COVID-19 isolation centres.

He also notes that the identification and fumigation of multiple sports hall at the stadiums will commence soon.

Dare called on Nigerian youths to be at the “vanguard of dissemination of timely and accurate information via Social Media.”

See his tweets below….

Mr. President has approved for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Kaduna as well as our NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centers as they are needed. We are in touch with relevant authorities …

— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) March 27, 2020

We are in this together. And together we shall overcome. I call on the Youth of Nigeria to be at the vanguard of dissemination of timely and accurate information via social media to Nigerians in their communities. We must ratchet up the awareness campaign for our people.

— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) March 27, 2020

The identification and fumigation of multiple buildings such as the multipurpose sports hall, Gyms etc located in the stadium will commence shortly.

— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) March 27, 2020

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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