There is presently a bill by the house of Reps to scrap NYSC. The bill which has passed through second reading explains why NYSC should be scrapped.

The bill was sponsored by a member of House of Representatives known as Awaji-Inombek Abiante.

Awaji stated reasons why NYSC should be scrapped. He explained that the state of insecurity across the nation, coupled with the fact that many corps members have been kidnapped and terrorized by bandits are some of the reasons why the NYSC should be scrapped.

According to him, one of the main purpose of the NYSC was to promote unity in the country among all tribes. But since corps members are now being posted within their political zones because of insecurity threats across the nation the purpose of NYSC has been defeated, therefore NYSC should be scrapped.

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Awaji-Inombek Abiante, Reps member representing Andoni Opobo and Nkoro constituency.

Why NYSC should be scrapped

The bill which was titled, constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, reads in part,

“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 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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Reactions, should NYSC be scrapped, should it not

However there has been a lot of reactions, why NYSC should or sould not be scrapped, on the social media. Here are some of them Awaji-Inombek Abiante

According to @ShehuSani: The NYSC should not be scrapped.Its needed now more than ever before.Many Nigerians have never known anywhere other than their hometown and University town if not for NYSC.Its mandate should be expanded to give participants full military training in the face of insecurity. House of Reps to scrap NYSC

Another Twitter user identified as @ToyosiGodwin says, There’s nothing techy about the NYSC. This is something that deserves being talked about. No one is talking about digital skills. Only left march, remove hair dress. Nobody is talking about investment plans. So bad people are even advised not to bring laptop. A gathering of youths. Lord.

Spent almost one hour learning about covid 19. The same covid 19 that I have read countless hours on. Learned fragments of Hausa language. History of the state. Farming. Everything is fun. But can tech be encouraged? Ugh. Maybe because I’m wired to always be w my laptop.

@uncle_ajala says: They closed schools in the North because of insecurity, the same country is sending NYSC members to the North. If Education can be suspended in the North because of insecurity, I don’t see any reason why NYSC should be posting anyone to the North at this period of time.

@abodunrin_mary: Let’s not lie, there’s this joy that comes with wearing khaki.. NYSC might be scrapped but Camp shouldn’t, because it brings Unity among other tribes, meeting new people and learning new languages..

Most importantly, nysc or not.. we need JOBS!!!! House of Reps to scrap NYSC

@the_patriotist: I get it that you all hate this country, that you wished you were born in America where life is easy, & for that reason NYSC should be scrapped. But just because NYSC doesn’t mean anything to you doesn’t mean it means nothing to everyone. NYSC plays it role

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