Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has pledged to support the Nigerian Army 32 Artillery Brigade Owena Cantonment in Akure, in its efforts to fight crime in the state.
Akeredolu made the pledge while receiving the newly posted Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Raymond Utsaha in his office.
The governor commended the Nigerian Army for its immense contributions to the security of the state.
Akeredolu, however, encouraged the new brigade commander to cooperate with the sister security agencies to further nip crimes in the bud across the state.
Earlier, the outgone Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Zakar Abubakar appreciated the state government’s support of the military during his tenure.
Abubakar, who applauded the government’s interventions for the care of widows of the fallen heroes, sought similar cooperation for his successor.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government says it will close any National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp where the state government does not comply with all the COVID-19 protocols.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, made the disclosure regarding the NYSC at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 national briefing on Monday, January 25, in Abuja.
Dare said that over 700 corps members from the current batch tested positive for COVID-19.
“It has become necessary that all safety protocols be adhered to.
“Any orientation camp that is not obeying the protocol will simply be closed; as the NYSC cannot afford to risk the lives and health of corps members,” he said.
The minister also said that corps members who might be affected if the camps are shut would be reposted to the adjoining state.
1st News gathered that 731 members of Batch B NYSC members tested positive for COVID-19.
The PTF had conducted the testing of Batch B corps members using RDTs; and out of the 35,419 in the Batch B, 731 tested positive; as compared to 108 recorded during Batch A.
Also, of the current stream of corps members, out of the over 22, 000 cases tested; 765 members were confirmed positive.