Bill Seeking To Scrap NYSC Reaches Second Reading

Akwa Ibom
National Youth Service Corps members

A bill seeking the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps scheme has reached second reading in the House of Representatives.

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act was sponsored by Awaji-Inombek Abiante.

NYSC scheme was established by the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon on May 22, 1973, under Decree No. 24 of 1973.

Gowon wanted to use the scheme to reconcile and reintegrate Nigerians after the civil war between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970.

According to Abiante, the scheme should be scrapped because of incessant killing and kidnapping of innocent corps members in some parts of the country.

He added that companies no longer recruit qualified graduates because of the availability of corps members.

The explanatory memorandum of the proposal read 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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