Premium Times informs that a bill to end the country’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program is due for a second reading in the House of Representatives.
Awaji-Inombek Abiante, a lawmaker from Rivers’ Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency, is the bill’s sponsor. The bill aims to amend the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution Modification Bill, 2020, which was enacted in 1999.
In the proposal’s explanatory memorandum, he presented many reasons why the NYSC should be abolished, including insecurity, abuse by primary assignment places, and the poor condition of orientation camps.
He said, according to Premium Times:
”Unfortunately, after many decades, the program has failed to resolve the core reasons for its existence, and many reform attempts have also failed to produce the desired results, but it has continued to be a drain on our limited resources, exposing families to a variety of nightmares and even the loss of loved ones after so much investment.
In some parts of the country, innocent corps members are being killed on a regular basis due to banditry, religious extremism, and ethnic violence; in other parts of the country, innocent corps members are being kidnapped on a regular basis.
Public and private agencies/departments are no longer recruiting capable and trained Nigerian youths, relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are underpaid and discarded with impunity at the end of their service year with no hope of finding work;
Due to the current state of insecurity in the country, the National Youth Service Corps management is considering posting corps members to their geographical zone, thereby defeating one of the service corps’ goals, which was to foster common bonds among Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration.
With Decree No. 24 of 1973, General Yakubu Gowon established the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to support the military junta’s 3R principles of restoration, recovery, and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war”.