Following calls for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to be phased out, the House of Representatives has scheduled the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which seeks to repeal the NYSC Act, for a second reading.
Mr. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, the proposal’s sponsor, outlined the different reasons why the NYSC should be abolished in the proposal’s explanatory memorandum.
“This bill seeks to abolish Section 315(5)(a) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution, 1999 (as amended) on the following grounds: “Incessant killing of innocent corps members in some parts of the world due to banditry, religious extremism, and other factors.”
“Public and private agencies/departments are no longer hiring able and skilled Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are not well remunerated and are discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any prospect of being gainfully employed; “Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps management is now considering posting corps members to their geographical zone, thereby defeating one of the service corps’ goals, namely to build common relations among Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration,” says the report.
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