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No fewer than 96 pregnant women, nursing mothers and others with illness were excused from the ongoing three – weeks orientation programme in Ogun State.
786 corps members were sworn in for one year mandatory service in the Ogun state under the National Youth Service Corps.
The 96 corps members were only excused from the three weeks camping exercise while they are to join their colleagues at the end of orientation training.
The State NYSC Coordinator, Belinda Faniyi said said this on Monday at the swearing in ceremony held at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu, Ogun state .
Faniyi said the Corps members consisting of 413 males and 373 females, were for the 2020 Batch B Stream 1A.
She explained that the Batch B corps members were split into two in to observe COVID – 19 safety protocols adding that the stream 1B would resume camping next month.
She said that all the stakeholders and corps members at the NYSC camp have been tested and satisfied free of the COVID – 19.
In her words, “It is my pleasure to inform you that registration of the orientation course participants commenced in the early hours of Tuesday, 10th November, 2020 and by midnight of Sunday 15th November, 2020 when it came to a close, we have registered a total of 786 comprising 413 males and 373 females.
“However, over 96 pregnant women, nursing mothers, and others with critical health conditions among them have been excused from strenuous aspects of the programme and consequently given permission.”
While reiterating the core ideals of the NYSC, the coordinator said the scheme remains the singular institution in Nigeria that “has done so much to curb ethnicity, sectionalism and tribalism.”
She urged the corps members to be committed to their service with all seriousness and discipline towards contributing to the unity of Nigeria.
The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun while declaring the orientation course open acknowledged the contribution of the scheme towards the nation’s development.
The governor who was represented by Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr Kehinde Oluwadare, urged corps members to be responsible, loyal and committed to the course in contribution to the nation’s regeneration.