FG Seeking to Scrap NYSC

The House of Representatives is

considering scrapping of the National

Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, as the Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the

NYSC Act, has been billed for second reading.

The sponsor, Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, in the explanatory

memorandum of the proposal, listed the various reasons why the NYSC

should be scrapped.

One of the reasons, according to Abiante, is due incessant killing of

innocent corps members in some parts of the country due to banditry,

religious extremism and ethnic violence.

The statement 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 corps members across the country.

Public and private agencies and 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 NYSC

management now gives considerations to posting corps members to their

geopolitical zone, thus defeating one of the objectives on which the

Corps was set up i.e. ‘developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and

promote national unity and integration’.”

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