Following rising insecurity across Nigeria, lawmakers at the House of Representatives are considering scrapping the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme as the bill pushing for the scrapping of the NYSC gets the 2nd reading on the floor of the House.
The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which seeks to cancel the NYSC Act, is billed for the second reading.
The sponsor, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, in the clarifying memorandum of the proposal, listed the various reasons why the NYSC should be scrapped. top of the reason put forward was insecurity.
It partly read, “This bill seeks to repeal Section 315(5)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) on the following grounds:
“Incessant killing of innocent corps members in some parts of the country due to banditry, religious extremism and ethnic violence; incessant kidnapping of innocent corps members across the country;
“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 being well remunerated and get discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any hope of being gainfully employed;
“Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps management now gives consideration to posting corps members to their geopolitical zone, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps, i.e. developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration.”