– Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps, said the scheme is still relevant
– The DG explained why the scheme which was established in 1973 should not be scrapped as demanded by some Nigerians
– The rising cases of kidnapping, banditry, and other instances of insecurity has posed some challenges to the smooth running of the scheme
Abuja – The Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, says corps members are part of the national defence policy of Nigeria.
Daily Trust reported that the DG made the statement on Thursday, June 3, on Channels Television, when reacting to the calls by some Nigerians to scrap the scheme.
“Corps members are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are molded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.”
The DG also stated that the scheme had been able to foster national unity and cohesion among Nigerians.
He noted that corps members had found love in the various orientation camps and married.
“There are a lot of inter-marriages. For most of our females, the history of their marriages can be traced to their service year because they meet their fiancées during their service year. I have had cause to attend such weddings and the NYSC supports such weddings.”
Meanwhile, the Sarkin Hausawan Nyanya, Abuja, Alhaji Musa Dala, has described the NYSC as a pivot of national unity.
Dala while speaking during a live programme at the Human Rights Radio in Abuja commended the federal government for sustaining the unity of the country through the scheme.
Sarkin said the NYSC has contributed immensely to the purposeful development of Nigeria among many others.