NYSC-A burden to most Nigerian graduates and unnecessary extravagant of resources

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NYSC had been terribly abused, raped and bullied by some fantastically corrupt elements both in staffs, organizers and participant (Corps members)”; a lot of unscrupulous human beings have infiltrated and however sacrificed the integrities/standards of this wonderful scheme on the altar of their personal and egocentric interest. A lot must be done urgently and candidly to review or if possible “SCRAP” the program to salvage the future of these young Nigerians from the watchful gaze of ruffians ELSE we are heading for an inescapable destruction of the highest order...Anumah Abdulraheem Okehi

Submitted: October 16, 2016

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NYSC-A burden to most Nigerian graduates and unnecessary extravagant of resources by the government.

The unambiguous consciousness behind the initiation and consequently propagation of this delightful yet maltreated program called NYSC 40years ago must be veraciously commended by all patriotic citizens of this nation without allowing any atom of prejudice to smoke-screening our evaluating faculty.

The objectives of the scheme as properly spelt in the decree no 51 of 16th June 1993 as promulgated is copied below for your perusal.

  1. To inculcate discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria in any situation they may find themselves.
  2. To raise the moral tone of the Nigerian youths by giving them the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement
  3. To develop in the Nigerian youths the attitudes of mind, acquired through shared experience and suitable training. which will make them more amenable to mobilisation in the national interest
  4. To enable Nigerian youths acquire the spirit of self-reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self-employment
  5. To contribute to the accelerated growth of the national economy
  6. To develop common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration
  7. To remove prejudices, eliminate ignorance and confirm at first hand the many similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups
  8. To develop a sense of corporate existence and common destiny of the people of Nigeria.
  9. The equitable distribution of members of the service corps and the effective utilisation of their skills in area of national needs
  10. That as far as possible, youths are assigned to jobs in States other than their States of origin
  11. That such group of youths assigned to work together is as representative of Nigeria as far as possible
  12. That the Nigerian youths are exposed to the modes of living of the people in different parts of Nigeria
  13. That the Nigerian youths are encouraged to eschew religious intolerance by accommodating religious differences
  14. That members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus promoting the free movement of labour
  15. That employers are induced partly through their experience with members of the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin

 

It is very important to earnestly eulogize the determinations of our founding fathers, most of those dedicated and God-fearing NYSC officials, the Nigerian Army, corps members, the Man o war team and other security agencies who had assiduously tried their possible best to realize the hallucinations and missions of the scheme irrespective of all the apparently internal and external pressures therein. God bless you all and grant you your heart desires.

Here is my conclusion after passing through the first stages is this “NYSC had been terribly abused, raped and bullied by some fantastically corrupt elements both in staffs, organizers  and participant (Corps members)”; a lot of unscrupulous human beings have infiltrated and however sacrificed the integrities/standards of this wonderful scheme on the slab of their personal and egocentric interest. A lot must be done urgently and candidly to review or if possible “SCRAP” the program to salvage the future of these young Nigerians from the watchful gaze of ruffians ELSE we are heading for an unescapable destructions of the highest order.

With the swelling population of students gaining admissions into the tertiary institutions on yearly basis, we should be expecting a lot of graduates in returns as well. Henceforth, we needed to double-up our earnest efforts to resuscitate the program and prevent more embarrassment to our economy and Nation at large.

Lack of proper planning had been the main sickness of the program if I must confess without fear of any form of victimism from any angle.

  • Imagine a situation where Nigerian graduates now have to engage in rigorous protestations to be considered worthy of serving their country?
  • Imagine a situation where corps members’ uses pedestrian bridges as accommodation or resting apartment in his state of PPA?
  • Imagine a situation where the safety of corps members in some part of the country cannot be guaranteed the federal and state governments?
  • Imagine a situation where corps members have to be sourcing for financial aid/ loan from external bodies in other to be properly equipped for the program?
  • Imagine a situation where equal opportunities are not giving to corps members as regards to PPA posting? This whole ‘change begins with me’ gimmick must be put into practice in reality.
  • Imagine a situation where dilapidated poultry houses are given to corps members as their lodges?
  • And the most appalling point of the puzzle is when we got to know that NYSC now secretly controls the number of students that must be mobilized by every graduating Institutions for the program. This is absurdity of the highest order. It doesn’t make any sense to me frankly.

It’s so disgusting! How can the future of every young Nigerian graduates be tied and forcefully bonded to this Ebola-stricken program called NYSC? The current NYSC is a conspiracy theory, a veneering way of inviting guiltless youths for federal government’s punishment after graduation. What have those young lads done to deserve this hatred?

The rarely available resources that were allotted in the budget for this deplorable program could be rechanneled towards building a very strong financial base for these young and vibrant youths, because Nigeria’s present economic status lacks that extra imperviousness to withstand all those evil forces.

To reduce the burden on the youths, the economy and even NYSC as a body, here are my suggestions:

 

  • The age limit for every aspiring corps members should be reduced to 25years. And NYSC should compel every graduating institutions to upload the original date of births for each students during uploading.
  • The scheme should be made voluntary for graduates that are willing and financially buoyant to withstand its enormous challenges. This will drastically reduce the number of participants and might also help in curbing out accommodation issues, thereby paving ways for effective and efficient planning.
  • The sum total of the allowances that is due to every corps member should be paid to those graduates’ that opts not to partake in the program, requesting them to bring a business plan or other necessary materials as to how they intends to spend the money.
  • There should be equal opportunities to every graduate that decides to partake in the exercise; the concept of unethical posting must be aborted and buried.  We were told boldly and was convinced at the orientation camp that organizations like (JAMB, NNPC, DPR,CBN,ECOWAS,PPRA,NSE,SON, Ministry of  Finance, Ministry of Foreign affairs etc)  DO NOT accept corps members. I have no issues with that, but my reservations emanated from the fact that some of our colleagues were still posted to most of those organizations. So the posting exercise lacks transparency and that ideology must be abated with immediated effect
  • Every organization that agrees to accept coppers should be compelled to provide an encouraging accommodation for them; the concept of giving corps members 5,000 or 10,000 naira for securing accommodation in places like Abuja, Lagos, PHC and other major cities should be despised and aborted by the federal government.
  • A bus should be stationed in major cities to be conveying corps members to their place of primary assignment on daily basis and provision must also be made for those that don’t have access to those buses. E.g. reducing the cost of their transport fare by 50% and stuffs like that.

The country is in serious need of dough and if we must stop lavishing the little funds at our disposer then the needful must be done adequately. We don’t currently have what it takes to support the program and must however review or SCRAP it rather than sending innocent children out of their comfort zones to go and receive disguise punishment.

My unreserved apologies to whoever is incited or aggrieved by my insinuations but the truth of the matter is that a lot of unscrupulous elements both in staff and corps members have infiltrated and thus terribly abused the scheme.

Anumah Abdulraheem Okehi

 

 

 


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