- Darius Ishaku, the governor of Taraba state, has advised the federal government to restructure the National Youth Service Corps scheme
- The governor explained that the scheme should be adjusted to reflect the current security challenges in parts of the country
- NYSC was is a program set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation-building
He recommended that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme should be extended to a two-year programme to allow the chance for compulsory military training.
“If you leave me, the NYSC, I will say it should be two years — one year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now.
''So that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle a gun, can know how to defend himself, just like it is done in other countries like in Israel, Lebanon and other places.''
Citizens should protect themselves
The governor argued that citizens should be engaged to protect themselves since the government cannot provide adequate security.
He also urged the federal government to train citizens residing in border communities on how to use guns.
The governor stated that such a measure would enable them to protect themselves against banditry and kidnapping.
Brigadier-General Ibrahim says employers should demand NYSC certificate
The advice was given by the director-general, NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim.
He cited the provision of the NYSC Act which says that for the purpose of employment anywhere in the federation, every employer has the duty to demand from any graduate a certificate of national service or exemption certificate.