By Madona Nwani
The Ebonyi State new NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Mercy Bamai Dawuda has decried the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the programme describing it that it has handicapped them.
Mrs. Bamai who spoke last week in Abakaliki noted that the camp orientation aspect of the programme was the most badly affected.
She said, “Orientation is a major part of the programme of NYSC during which the much envisaged national unity is inculcated into the youths.”
If they don’t come to the camp and get to know what is expected of them during the service year, then we will not be able to achieve that particular mandate. We are handicapped. We have to wait for further directive.”
She nevertheless asserted that NYSC was not resting on its oars as efforts have been intensified to prepare for eventualities in order not to be caught napping.
The coordinator further unveiled that Batch B corps members would be rounding off their service year this week and they will be passing out on 16th July, 2020 albeit without the usual fanfare
She equally enthused that NYSC was a veritable tool of national unity which services every sector of the national life.
“We don’t operate in isolation. We depend on other organizations- governmental and non-governmental, even private sector. We help them to succeed the same way they help us succeed.”