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COVID-19: FG Uses NYSC Camps, Stadia As Isolation Centres

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The Nigerian government has approved the use of all National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps and federal stadia as isolation centres in the fight against coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Sunday Dare, announced this in a statement on his Twitter handle on Friday.

Dare said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved for his ministry to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, and Kaduna as well as all NYSC camps nationwide for use as isolation centers.

He added that his ministry will be touching base with relevant governments and institutions regard the setting up of the centers.

The minister also called on all the Youth of Nigeria to be at the vanguard of dissemination of timely and accurate information via social media to Nigerians in their communities.

Dare also noted that the identification and fumigation of multiple buildings such as the multipurpose sports hall and gymnasium located in the stadia will commence shortly.

He wrote: “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.”

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports is ready to open and make available the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Kaduna for use as isolation camps to erect tents. We will be touching base with relevant governments and institutions in this regard. 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.

“The government is being proactive. Making available necessary resources and infrastructure in this race against time. Our hope and prayers are that this pandemic will be stopped sooner rather than later.”

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