The National Youth Service Corps has told its state coordinators to make the welfare of corps members a top priority.
The NYSC Director General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said in Abuja on Tuesday no corps member should die during or after the Batch A 2020 orientation course.
He said the coordinators must ensure that sick corps members were treated.
Ibrahim said this during his pre-orientation meeting with area coordinators, state coordinators, camp directors, camp commandants and security officials at the NYSC headquarters.
He said, “The safety of life and property of corps members is paramount to us. The management places a high premium on the health and welfare of corps members. Therefore, state coordinators should sensitise all camp officials to deal with corps members with empathy.
“The quality and quantity of food served in all camps must be of acceptable standards while the menu timetable must be strictly adhered to.
“Sick corps members must be promptly taken to the camp clinic and anyone not showing signs of recovery must be referred to standard hospitals.
“We don’t want any death of corps members. We have administrative procedures, and the essence of this warning is that every one of us should take our jobs very seriously.”
According to the DG, the scheme has trained over 1.4 million corps members through various skill acquisition programmes.