As National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Orientation course resumes nationwide after a long break as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 738 corps members deployed to Delta State were on Monday sworn-in.

Governor IfeanyiOkowa of Delta State urged the corps members to continue to abide by all the camp and NCDC official guidelines so as to defeat the COVID-19 scourge.

Okowa gave the advice at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state, during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2020 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1A corps members.

The governor, who formally declared the orientation course open, was represented at the swearing-in ceremony by the state Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga.

Okowa, however, expressed the need for corps members to keep to the COVID-19 protocol as individual and collective efforts were needed to fight and defeat the virus.

According to him, “You must have seen and gone through all that had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free orientation course.”

He enjoined them to exhibit the highest level of loyalty, dedication, discipline and commitment to the nation.

Earlier, the Delta State coordinator NYSC, Mrs. Olutayo Samuel, disclosed that out of the total number of 738 posted to the state, 379 are males and 359 are females.

She expressed optimism that Nigerians would triumph over the pandemic and keep the disease curve flattened.

Also speaking, chairman NYSC Delta State Governing Board and Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, charged the corps members to participate actively without any hindrance in all camp activities designed for their good.