Reps Set To Scrap NYSC As Bill Reaches Second Reading

It has been reported that the House of Representatives is considering discontinuation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

 Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, the sponsor of the bill listed the various reasons why the NYSC should be scrapped in his explanatory memorandum proposal.

According to the proposal, “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:”

It disclosed “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.”

It read further that, “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.”

The bill added, “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.”

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