In recent times, there have been debates amongst Nigerian youths as to the continued relevance or otherwise of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. While some are of the view that the scheme has outlived its usefulness and should be scrapped, others hold the opinion that it remains relevant. This article exposes the historical antecedent of the scheme and considers its continued relevance in the light of this debate. It also highlights some of the challenges facing the scheme and as well recommends strategies to adopt in making the programme more relevant to the present day Nigerian youth.
The Nigerian government established the National Youth Service Corps scheme in 1973 as a means of furthering national unity. The programme randomly deploys Nigerian Tertiary institution graduates (from both local and foreign institutions) for a compulsory one-year period of service to states in Nigeria.
The Service Year comprises of four (4)…
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