- The Concerned Nigerian Youth urged the National Assembly leadership to disregard the bill seeking to scrap NYSC
- The youth group called for the amendment of the NYSC Act
- According to the group, the NYSC has united more Nigerians than any scheme in Nigeria
Members of the Concerned Nigerian Youth, CNY, have called on the leadership of the National Assembly to ignore the passage of the bill seeking to scrap the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
The youth group led by its president, Gideon Obande, said that the move by the lawmakers of the House of Representatives to scrap NYSC is a major drift away from national unity.
In a statement signed by Obande and seen by Legit.ng, the group said scarping the scheme will jeopardise the chances of sustaining the unity and peace currently experienced in Nigeria.
Also describing the bill as obnoxious, Obande said the NYSC has evolved since its launch after the civil war.
He said that the scheme has been responsible for more than 40 per cent of inter-ethnic and inter-religious marriages in Nigeria
Further condemning the call for the scrapping of the scheme, the group said there should be efforts towards amending the NYSC Act to ensure that it meets up with current challenges bedevilling the nation.
"In view of the aforementioned and many other reasons, as Concerned Nigerian Youth we align our position with other progressives calling for the total disregard for this bill."
He called on all members of the Nigerian parliament with the interest of the Nigerian youth at heart to rise up against this obnoxious bill.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that lawmakers of the House of Representatives are considering a bill to scrap the one-year mandatory NYSC scheme undertaken by Nigerian graduates.
The bill titled the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020 seeks to repeal the NYSC Act due to the high rate of insecurity, banditry and kidnapping bedevilling the nation.
The proposed bill was sponsored by Awaji-Inombek Abiante and laid before the floor of the green chambers on Monday, May 24.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of eight new members of the governing board of the NYSC.
The appointment made by the president was announced by the ministry of youth and sports development on Friday, May 21.