The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has announced that prospective corps members will henceforth be required to present fitness certificates from recognised public health facilities at orientation camps across the country.
NYSC director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, said in a statement yesterday that the purpose was to enable camp officials to manage those who are not fit to undertake certain activities in the camp.
The director said the fitness test is to help the scheme ascertain the health status of corpers and to fish out those who lie about their medical conditions.
Megwa said, “In order to avail the scheme credible information on their health status and also protect them from exploitation by unscrupulous persons.
“The essence was to enable Camp Officials to manage those who are not fit to undertake certain activities in the Camp. This has been largely misunderstood, leading to extortion of some prospective Corps Members by fraudulent individuals in their bid to secure such documents some of which may not stand a test of integrity.“
“In order to avail the scheme credible information on their health status and also protect them from exploitation by unscrupulous persons, prospective corps members will henceforth undergo fitness test at the NYSC clinic at the Orientation Camp with effect from the 2022 Batch ‘C’ orientation course.
He continued: “It is pertinent to note that the NYSC Orientation Camp Clinics across the nation are managed by the National Health Insurance Authority with the supervision of Consultants from tertiary health institutions.
“In view of the regimentation and physical demands of some activities of the NYSC Orientation programme, the management of the Scheme introduced the presentation of Certificate of Fitness from recognised public health facilities by prospective Corps Members as a requirement for registration at the Orientation Camp.