- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did not call for the suspension of the NYSC contrary to some media reports
- This was clarified by the spokesperson to the vice president, Laolu Akande
- Akande stated that it is the paramilitary orientation camping that is being considered to be suspended for at least 24 months
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Laolu Akande, the media aide to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, says his principal did not call for the suspension of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) contrary to media reports.
“It's the paramilitary orientation camping that is being considered to be suspended for at least 24 months, not deployment to a primary assignment,” he wrote in a tweet to clarify the true position of things.
The Economic Sustainability Committee in its report submitted by Osinbajo last week recommended the direct mobilisation of prospective corps members to their places of primary assignment.
It stated explicitly that the youth corp members should be made to skip the camping exercise to maintain social distancing as part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The NYSC scheme is one of the government’s policies to foster the identified integration problem in Nigeria as a result of its heterogeneous nature.
Critics, however, say the scheme has outlived its usefulness and now a conduit pipe for fleecing the nation's commonwealth by corrupt civil servants and politicians.
Away from the glorious and storied past of the scheme, presently the programme is searching for relevance.
The scheme has been reengineered and reloaded with the aim of re-aligning its programmes and contents to enable it to discharge its duties and responsibilities efficiently, but it continues to suffer a relapse.
Government's commitment to funding the programme is also declining by the day.
The scheme has also not facilitated youth employment which was embedded in its recent reform programmes.
The NYSC has different programmes for skill acquisition and other programmes for job creation, but none have made any significant impact on society.
The NYSC recently announced that it would reopen its orientation camps only when the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 permits it to do so.
The director-general of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the statement when he visited the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu in Abuja.
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