NYSC which is an abbreviation for “National Youth Service Corps” is a one – year compulsory program for students who studied in Nigeria or students abroad but intends to work in Nigeria.
It is an avenue for graduates to serve their fatherland as they are been spread forth to different parts of the country. It’s indeed a very nice inception right from the initial stage. However, it’s surprising as over the years, the NYSC programme has since been abused by the Federal government itself as it as turned to the opposite of what it’s created for.
This as a matter of fact inspires me as a writer to bring forth to you all the top7reasons NYSC should be scrapped and finally axed up.
1. Waste Of Fund And Resources:
The money FG spends on NYSC orientation camp in each year is enough to train Nigerian graduates on useful entrepreneurial skills acquisition that will equip graduates to become self employed, and further create more job opportunities for them.
2. Spread Of Disease:
it’s a period of “free will” free from home, school, friends and thereby giving Corp members useless reasons to have some unlawful s*x with each other. And these are the persons they just met in camp and will spend just 3 weeks within a confined area. It is believed that the corpers should caution themselves but the occurrence is natural where youths are gathered socially for no tangible reasons. So it encourages spread of STDs or STIs like HIV and it’s extended family
With rising insecurity in various parts of d country- Boko Haram activities in d northern Nigeria (especially in d northeast), risin cases of ritual killings in d southwest & kidnapping cases in d south- south and southeast of the country. NYSC programme is no longer a safe practice considering the fact that innocent, naive youth graduates are deployed to communities & regions they know nothing about, which increases the chances of them being hurt for d 1 year period of NYSC
Taking a case scenario of how much the federal government spends on a corp member per year, over 300k, now theres a programme run by the NYSC, called SAED- Skill Acquisition blah blah blah, now if the Federal Government can dedicate 3 months instead of 1 year to thorough SAED alone for all corp members, and set each and every 1 up with this 300k, it would make sense, instead of leaving service to face a jobless labor market, u have your own set up
And if the government thinks this will be too much finance load on them, the whole service thing should be made optional, without any sentimental attachment to those who have the certificate after the service
4. Peanut Payments:
The monthly allowance payment of the NYSC to the youth corpers is a nice innovation. On the other hand, it’s a way of punishing the innocent graduates. An amount lesser than 20,000 naira for ann average Nigerian youth is worthless, let alone a NYSC participants striving to go to their places of work daily, buy food stuff, house rent at times and other miscellaneous. It is in every way insufficient as this often discourages them from being active in their assigned posts when there is no financial freedom.
This simply means an act of breaking social norms. The rate at which youth corpers engage themselves in prohibited acts is very alarming. It is very rampant in remote areas, example of these acts include giving an innocent inhabitant of the town pregnant, in deceit of dating them or later marriage. Alas, they drop these girls after the passing out parade leaving so many children fatherless nowadays. It is almost easy for male corpers as village girls are inferior to them and see them as a legal humans whom they can believe whatever vow or words they make and say to them
As anybody may think the one year duration of NYSC should be continued. There are many families dropped in everlasting grief. Any parent would make it a daily prayer to meet again his child servingtheir fatherland. But you would agree with me it’s not possible not to see a report of dead corpers whom their lives were wasted as a result of being used inhumanly. Some mee their death while been used as electoral instruments and many more social dangers which couldn’t have happened if they weren’t in their NYSC service year. A student struggled hard to study for years thereby getting his/her life wasted in a course of serving their fatherland is nothing to write home about.
After scaling through the six points above. What then is the essence of participating in the NYSC programme if aftermath you end up in labour market also searching for job opportunities like every other people that served also. The whole programm needs re-structuring. If at all it would not be improved, it would be a nice innovation to introduce 1 year mandatory military/paramilitary service with freedom to choose which arm, be it army, air force, navy, customs, nscdc, dss, police, antigraft agencies, FRSC, border patrol immigration etc. Mere serving in this organization will instill discipline, something we are running low on….the truth is, with increasing population, it will be harder for FG to provide for all…but going through such organization, you get to discover yourself and besides I think we need a better intelligence network.
This and many more is the reasons NYSC should be scrapped in Nigeria. This is just a personal opinion of the writer!!!