Reps Scraps Plan to Stop One-Year National Youth Scheme

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Reps Scraps Plan to Stop One-Year National Youth Scheme
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The House of Representative Committee on Youths has clarified that there is no plan to discard the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC.

This was disclosed by the chairman of the committee, Yemi Adaramodu, at an event in Abuja on Thursday, describing the programme as the most successful national at engendering unity in the country.

It comes on the heels of recent debates in the national discourse about the relevance of the scheme and its continuation.

Recall that the scheme was introduced by the government in 1873 after the civil war to involve Nigerian graduates for the purpose of fostering national unity.  The House of Representative Committee on Youths has clarified that there is no plan to discard the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC.

Awaji-Inombek Abiante in a bill that had scaled second reading at the House of Representatives, queried the relevance of the scheme at this period and called for its scrapping.

But, Adaramodu on Thursday said: “Anybody is free to sponsor a bill, but the Speaker and the rest of the House believe that the scheme has come to stay in Nigeria.

“The scheme is going nowhere and it is not the plan of the National Assembly to scrap it. I want to let you know that we’re with you and for you. We’re fully with you, we’re together.”

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule said there was no reason to abolish the NYSC, stressing that “just as there’s no price for security, there is also no price for unity, and the NYSC defines the unity of Nigeria”.

A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), said the NYSC had exposed corps members to life-changing opportunities and impacted the nation positively, according to Daily Trust.

Gowon called on the Federal Government to think of ways to strengthen the scheme with funds.

He commended the NYSC for putting together works and data about the scheme as literature to enable the public read and have knowledge about it.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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