The Nigerian House of representatives are on the verge of scrapping the NYSC program out.

 

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a program set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian university graduates in nation building and the development of the country.

 

 

Currently, National open university of Nigeria graduates (NOUN) don’t serve in the NYSC programme, rather they’re issued an exclusion letter.

 

 

According to reports, The House of Representatives is considering discontinuation of the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

 

 

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The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act, is billed for the second reading.

 

 

The sponsor, Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, in the explanatory memorandum of the proposal, listed the various reasons why the NYSC should be scrapped.

Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante

Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante

 

It read in part, “This bill seeks to repeal Section 315(5)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) on the following grounds:

 

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“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;

 

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“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;

 

 

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“Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps management now gives considerations to posting corps members to their geopolitical zone, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps, i.e. developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration.”

 

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The military regime of General Yakubu Gowon had established the NYSC on May 22, 1973, under Decree No. 24 of 1973 as a way of reconciling and reintegrating Nigerians after the civil war between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970.

 

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