The House of Representatives is considering disbandment of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme even as a bill seeking it's repeal is now billed for the second reading.
The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, is being sponsored by Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante.
Abiante, explained that the reasons for establishing the NYSC were no longer achievable as corps members were being killed in their areas of service by bandits, herders and other criminals just as the members were no longer being employed by public or private agencies and departments after their service year.
His words, “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 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 NYSC 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.”
The military regime of General Yakubu Gowon had established the NYSC under Decree No. 24 of 1973 as a way of reconciling and reintegrating Nigerians after the Nigerian- Biafran civil war between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970.