Reps Deliberate Scrapping NYSC as Bill Reaches Second Reading

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Reps Deliberate Scrapping NYSC as Bill Reaches Second Reading
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The House of Representative is deliberating scrapping the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme.

the Alteration Bill, 2020, of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which seeks to amend the NYSC Act is scheduled for second reading.

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

It partly read, “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:

“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;

“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;

“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.”

The NYSC was established on May 22, 1973 by the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon as a way of reconciling and reintegrating Nigerians after the civil war between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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