By Laleye Dipo
No fewer than 9 members of the National Youth Service Corps deployed to Niger state have tested positive for COVID-l9, investigations have revealed.
THISDAY learnt that the corps members were discovered to be positive after tests carried out on them when they reported for the two-week orientation programme at the Paiko temporary orientation camp.
It was learnt that those affected had already been placed in isolation in one of the government facilities in the state.
The development it was gathered stopped those concerned from passing out with others on Tuesday after the two-week orientation programme.
“They are doing fine in the isolation centre, ” a top official of the State Task Force on COVID-19 confided in THISDAY
No official of the State NYSC directorate was prepared to volunteer information officially on the development, however when contacted the state Commissioner for Information Alhaji Mohammed Sani Idris confirmed the development, saying that the relations of the affected Youth Corps members have been informed.
The Commissioner also confirmed that the Task Force on COVID-19 in the state had begun the fumigation of the House of Assembly complex following the discovery that the Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse and Clerk of the Assembly Alhaji Abdullahi Kagara tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
The duo have gone into isolation but their absence is said to be stalling the passage of the N151.6billion 2021 budget.
THISDAY gathered that while Kagara is isolating at home the Speaker Alhaji Wuse is reported to have opted for a medical facility outside the state.