- The Nigerian government is insisting that the National Youth Service Corps is relevant for the country's graduates
- Many Nigerians have called for the scheme to be scrapped due to insecurity and bad roads that has cost the lives of corp members
- The government's minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dara, says the scheme will remain in place
FCT, Abuja - The minister of youth and sports development, Mr. Sunday Dare has said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is more relevant than ever before in Nigeria.
According to Dare, the scheme is here to stay, adding that its contributions to national development are indisputable.
The minister made the comment on Saturday night, December 4 at the premiere of an advocacy movie produced by the NYSC.
The NYSC said the movie was produced to increase appreciation for the scheme’s relevance in promoting patriotism, national unity, peace, and cohesion.
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The minister applauded the timely release of the movie, stressing that it comes at a time the relevance of the scheme has been under public scrutiny and debate.
The Guardian newspaper quoted him as saying:
“The timing of this movie could not have been better after weeks and months of debates about whether the NYSC is relevant or not and whether the scheme should be scrapped or should continue.
“The answer to the critics, to the anti-NYSC is in the premiere of this movie. This movie needs to travel and hit every viewing platform across this country and in the diaspora; it must go viral.
“The message must go out strong and clear, that the NYSC has come to stay. The scheme is more relevant now than it has ever been before.”
Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the NYSC Director-General, said that the scheme produced the movie to drive the relevance of the annual exercise and also to provide a platform for corps members to develop their potential.
Ibrahim said that the movie also aimed to educate local and foreign-trained graduates that national service is mandatory and failure to comply will attract legal consequences.
NYSC DG laments over inadequate food for corp members
Interestingly, Brigadier-General Ibrahim recently decried the challenges faced by corps members in camps during their three weeks orientation period.
Ibrahim said inmates across various facilities of the Nigerian Correctional Service feed better than corp members posted to states to serve.
He made the comment while speaking during an appearance before members of the House committee on youth development for the 2022 budget defence.
Prospective NYSC corp member dies in road accident
Meanwhile, Matu Esky, a prospective corps member on Friday, November 26, died in a road accident in Jigawa on his way to the NYSC orientation camp in the northwest state.
Esky popularly called “Phil Chase” died alongside another passenger on his way to Katsina state for the three weeks mandatory orientation exercise.
The 24-year-old who hailed from Ungwan Maryam in Tafawa Balewa local government area of Bauchi state was an upcoming artist passionate about music.