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Opinion - Do You Want The Government To Scrap The NYSC Program?

Opinion - Do You Want The Government To Scrap The NYSC Program?

Following calls for the discontinuation of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act, has been billed for the second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced last week by Awaji-Inimbek Abiante (PDP, Rivers). It is seeking to repeal section 315(5a) of the 1999 constitution and the National Youth Service Corps Act.

According to the synopsis of the bill obtained by our correspondence, Mr Abiante cited insecurity, exploitation by place of primary assignment and poor state of orientation camps.

'Incessant killing of innocent corps members in some parts of the country due to banditry, religious extremism and ethnic violence; incessant kidnapping of innocent corps members across the country;' - A part of the statement reads.

The statement also cited how 'public and private agencies/departments are no longer recruiting able and qualified Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are not being well remunerated and get discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any hope of being gainfully employed.'

The scheme was set up in 1973 by the Yakubu Gowon administration, as part of strategies to foster unity in the post-civil war era.

It was established by decree 24.

In your opinion, do you think the government should ban the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC scheme?
If yes...why?
If no...why?

Do you think an alternative plan like one year of intensive training will be a better alternative?

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