CSO Describes Bill Seeking to Scrap NYSC as an Evil Plot Against Nigerian Youths

CSO Describes Bill Seeking to Scrap NYSC as an Evil Plot Against Nigerian Youths

- Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency has condemned the new bill for the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps

- The group said the clamour of the discontinuation of NYSC is an evil plot against youths

- According to the group, the NYSC has done more in uniting Nigerians than any other scheme

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A civil society organisation, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, CESJET, has condemned the sponsoring of a bill to scrap the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, by a member of the House of Representatives.

CESJET said the bill proposing the discontinuation of NYSC is an evil plot against the Nigerian youths.

The group said the thought of scrapping NYSC, is championed by the agents of destabilisation of Nigeria.

Speaking at a press conference attended by Legit.ng reporter in Abuja on Tuesday, May 25, CESJET's executive secretary, Isaac Ikpa, said the relevance of the scheme to contemporary Nigeria cannot be overemphasised.

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Ikpa noted that the primary objective of the NYSC is to reconcile and reintegrate Nigerians after the civil war and scrapping it now would be detrimental to the peace, security and unity of the country.

He said that thousands of young Nigerian graduates still look forward to participating in the one-year mandatory service and the NYSC has continued to bridge the gap in Nigeria's ethnic and religious divisions.

Adding that the scheme has fostered the spirit of Nigerian nationalism, Ikpa said, youths have been provided with the opportunity for self-reliance in preparation for life through the allowances paid and the experiences of NYSC.

NYSC: CSO Describes Bill Seeking to Scrap Scheme As Evil Plot Against Nigerian Youths
The CESJET said the NYSC has united more Nigerians at given hope to youth. Photo Chukwu Eze
Source: UGC

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On behalf of the CESJET, Ikpa urged the leadership of the National Assembly to put the interest of the country at heart and stop further deliberations on the grossly ill-informed bill.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the lawmaker representing Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency of Rivers state, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, on Monday, May 24, sponsored a bill titled the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020.

The bill proposed the repeal of the NYSC Act highlighted that banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity justify its intent.

It is already billed for a second reading before the members of the House of Representatives.

In reaction to the passing of the bill, a former senator who represented Kaduna central in the eighth Senate, Shehu Sani, has said that the NYSC is needed in the country now more than ever.

Sani said it would be appropriate for the Nigerian government to expand the NYSC's mandate to include full military training for the participants.

Source: Legit.ng

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