House of Rep’s bill to scrap NYSC enters the second reading

THE House of Representatives considers the discontinuation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme.
This is part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, and it has been billed for the second reading.
The sponsor of the bill, Mr. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, listed reasons why the NYSC should be dismissed in the explanatory memorandum of the proposal.

The memorandum 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.”
The NYSC was established on the 22nd of May, 1973, during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon under Decree No. 24 of 1973 in order to reconcile and reintegrate Nigerians after the civil war between 6th of July, 1967, and 15th of January, 1970

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