Yesterday, news of the NYSC being scrapped by the Federal government emerged on certain online and social media platforms and has since gone viral.
Contrary to such reports, there is no official source for such information. Usually, since NYSC was establish through a decree of the Government in 1973, it would have to be terminated through a constitutional amendment from the National Assembly. Members of the public are advised to not believe any information concerning scraping or termination of National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme.
The NYSC scheme was created in a bid to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild the country after the Nigerian Civil war. The unfortunate antecedents in our national history gave impetus to the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps by decree No.24 of 22nd May 1973 which stated that the NYSC is being established “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”. It was the need to look beyond the immediate present and to think of the future leadership of the country that necessitated the mobilization of certain categories of youths through the National Youth Service Corps Scheme. This was done with a view of giving them the proper guidance and orientation relevant to the needs of the country. The National Youth Service Corps Decree No. 24 which has now been repealed and replaced by Decree 51 of 16th June 1993, was then formally promulgated.
A termination bill is not currently being reviewed at the National Assembly.
credit – NTA