NYSC News Today : Reps To Scrap NYSC As Bill Reaches Second Reading
In the House of Representatives, a bill has been submitted to modify the 1999 constitution to abolish the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
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Awaji-Inimbek Abiante introduced the bill last week (PDP, Rivers). It wants to repeal the National Youth Service Corps Act and provision 315(5a) of the 1999 constitution.
Mr Abiante cited insecurity, exploitation by the site of main assignment, and the bad status of orientation camps, according to a bill synopsis obtained by Ejes Gist Nigeria.
The programme was established in 1973 by the Yakubu Gowon administration as part of post-civil war measures to encourage unity.
It was created by Decree No. 24.
However, because of the country’s deteriorating security situation, the plan has recently come under fire.
Ejes Gist Nigeria has previously reported on a corps member who had been injured in the 2011 Suleja bombing.
Armed thieves attacked 17 corps members in December, murdering one on the Abuja-Kaduna road.
“Sadly, after several decades, the programme has failed to address the essence of its establishment, while several reform efforts have also not yielded desired results, but has continued to be a drain on our scarce resources and exposing families to several nightmares and even loss of loved ones after so much investment,” Mr Abiante argued.
He added that “public and private agencies/departments are no longer recruiting able and qualified Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of Corps members who are not well remunerated.
“Due to insecurity across the country, the NYSC management now gives considerations to posting Corps members to their geo-political zones, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps.”
The road ahead for the bill
The bill, which is a constitution alteration bill, will have to go through second reading, committee stage, the committee of the whole, third reading, concurrence with Senate and passage by two-third of the Houses of Assembly in states.