The National Youth Service Corps program could be phased out by the House of Representatives.
The second reading is scheduled for the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which seeks to repeal the NYSC Act.
Mr. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, the proposal’s sponsor, listed the different reasons why the NYSC should be abolished in the proposal’s explanatory memorandum.
“This bill seeks to revoke Section 315(5)(a) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution of 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 considerations 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.”
General Yakubu Gowon’s military regime created the NYSC on May 22, 1973, under Decree No. 24 of 1973, as a means of reconciling and reintegrating Nigerians following the civil war that lasted from July 6, 1967, to January 15, 1970.