The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River says no corps member has tested positive to COVID-19 in the state.
Mr. Enuma Peter, NYSC’s Assistant Director, Press, and Public Relations unit, stated this in his reaction to alleged reports that 13 corp members currently in the orientation camp in Calabar, tested positive, Aso Naija gathered today.
According to the statement, any information received outside the joint release from NYSC and NCDC from the ongoing orientation course may not have given the true picture of the state of affairs.
“At no time did any registered corps member tested positive as everyone was tested before admittance into the headquarters. “As such, the Commissioner may not be aware that only prospective corps members that test negative to COVID-19 are allowed into the camp and qualified to be registered as a corps member.
“The management of NYSC in Cross River would like to use this opportunity to add that all orientation camp officials and visitors to the camp are also continuously tested by officials of NCDC while the entire camp community ensures strict compliance to all COVID-19 procedures. “In the light of the above, NYSC in Cross River urges parents, collaborating agencies of the scheme and partners, the press, and the wider populace is regarding the misleading news story. “It is also misleading to blame the heightened number of COVID-19 cases in Cross River to the activities of NYSC, considering that there
is free movement of Nigerians across state boundaries which has nothing to do with the orientation course.
“Therefore, reporting that 13 corps members undergoing orientation course in Cross River tested positive to COVID-19 is misleading, baseless and unfounded, as there are no COVID-19 positive corps members in Cross River orientation camp,” it read.