President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the use of the national stadia as well as National Youth Service Corps camps as isolation camps to combat the coronavirus disease.

Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare announced this in several Tweets he posted on his Tweeter handle on Friday.

It will be recalled the NYSC camps were closed down just as the government ordered the closure of the stadia to the general public.

“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

Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) 100 bed isolation center at Onikan Stadium, Lagos.

“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. He is 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.

“The identification and fumigation of multiple buildings such as the multipurpose sports hall, Gyms etc located in the stadium will commence shortly.

“The stadiums are huge complexes with many outdoor and indoor areas. Medical personnel and authorities will determine the appropriate areas of usage if and when necessary.

The turf of Onikan Stadium in Lagos has already been turned to 100 bed isolation camp by the Gurantee Trust Bank.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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