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’.”