Social media users in Nigeria have shown their support for a Bill that is currently before the House of Representatives, proposing the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The Bill titled, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill 2020, sponsored by Hon. Awaji-Inombeke Dagomie Abiante representing Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal constituency of Rivers State, has been considered by many as one long overdue.
The lawmaker, while presenting the Bill cited incessant killings, kidnapping, accidents, general insecurity and labour exploitation of Corps members by employees as some of the reasons for his position.
He further noted that the purpose of the one-year compulsory national service inaugurated in May 1973 by the then Military Head of State, Major General Yakubu Gowon, which was to foster and promote national unity after the Nigerian Civil War, had now been defeated as Corps members are now posted to their geopolitical zones due to security challenges.
Most Nigerians who expressed support for the discontinuation of the scheme have also proposed that the N33,000 monthly stipend given to Corps members should not be scrapped as graduates need it as a form of capital.
We noted the following reactions: