FG Urged To Scrap NYSC

FEDERAL government has been urged to reassess the National Youth Service Corps programme with a view to scrapping the scheme due to incessant attacks on the NYSC members, sequel to escalating insecurity problems in the country.

Popular gospel musician, Macson Justice Nwasike, made the clarion call during an exclusive interview with National Light and hinged the advocacy on frequent kidnapping, maiming and killing of corps members while serving their fatherland, especially during elections by armed bandits.

Macson Justice asserted that the fundamental objectives behind the NYSC scheme had since been defeated as NYSC members were being targeted and deliberately victimised by hostile criminal elements, thereby exposing them to avoidable tragedy and untimely death.

He cited the gory experience of corps members posted to war-torn North-east geopolitical zone and other parts of the country which necessitated his demand for immediate FG’s abolition of the programme without further delay.

The Obosi-born gospel crooner further argued that instead of continuing with the present NYSC programme of compulsory one-year national service for young graduates, another scheme with enhanced socio-economic empowerment benefits should be introduced to replace the NYSC programme.

He blamed the NYSC scheme as a major factor causing high rate of unemployment in the country, and recommended that the funds spent on members of the NYSC should be disbursed as loans or financial grants to young graduates to embark on meaningful business ventures on graduation to enable them to contribute to the economic development of the country.

Through that way, he vehemently maintained the enterprising young graduates would be offered ample opportunities to play vital roles in human and infrastructural advancement of the nation, instead of queuing up in the labour market for non existent white collar jobs after the NYSC programme.

Macson Justice, a music graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recalled how he had won the overall best NYSC award after serving at Niger State, in 2003, but was offered only a handshake with the governor without any monetary token, while he was also deprived more than N1 million he realized from certain social activities he spearheaded as NYSC member.

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