The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has stated that the federal government is committed to sustaining the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
The Minister said this in response to different argument that has emanated following the second reading of the discontinuation of the NYSC scheme at the House of Representatives on the 24th of May 2021.
“The NYSC scheme remains one of the greatest tools for National development for our youth. The commitment of the government to sustaining the NYSC scheme remains. Dynamic Reforms and Initiatives towards current realities are ongoing. Nigeria will stand with her youth.”
The bill which was introduced by the lawmaker representing Andoni-Opobo/Awaji-Inombek Abiante listed the various reason why the scheme should be scrapped.
The Guardian quoted the lawmakers bill saying; “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.”
“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.
“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.”