In recent times, we have learned that President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) will soon take a decision concerning making the currently compulsory NYSC Scheme voluntary. Could this be considered a step in the right direction? Or should PMB pretty much leave things as they have always been.
In my opinion, the decision to make NYSC voluntary is the wrong one as I believe it should be completely SCRAPPED!
I say this because it is unfortunate that the country and the entire scheme are yet to evolve along with the world.
Take a look back at how NYSC used to be during the days of our fathers and grandfathers. Is that still the NYSC we have today?
Anyone who has passed through the service year can definitely testify to how much of a waste of time it is. Having over two thousand people in the same place at the same time with inadequate facilities and security is appalling.
A friend of mine once told me that she held the urge to defecate for the entire 3 weeks of camp as all the toilets were clogged with excretion from the previous batch which was 5 months ago. Is this really the living condition we force on our youths all in the name of “National Youth Service”?
Let’s talk about the Community Development Service (CDS) and how completely irrelevant it is. Yes, the vision behind CDS is quite humanitarian but the execution has fallen way short from the original expectation. All they do is keep Youth Corpers out in the sun for hours waiting for their supervisor and even after the supervisor comes, there isn’t any tangible information or contribution to be made. Yet they have to reconvene the following week to go through it all over again.
What about the allowee? How RIDICULOUS is nineteen thousand five hundred (19,500) naira? How can you force a young man and a young woman to leave their hometown to a foreign land where they know no one and yet you cannot even consider feeding and transporting them adequately?
How are such corpers expected to cope in cities like Abuja and Port Harcourt (just to mention a few) that are so expensive to live in? In addition to of all of this, some of the corpers are owed for MONTHS with no hope of getting paid after writing endless letters requesting for payment.
And then after the service year is completed, there is no guarantee for job placement even in the organization where you carried out your Primary Assignment. Funny enough, how would there be? Usually corpers are only allowed to photocopy papers and run errands due to “inexperience” which obviously doesn’t enable them showcase their skills by adding value to the organization. Isn’t the Primary Assignment supposed to be treated like an internship program? Why segregate the corpers from the staff just because they are inexperienced.
To be honest, if I have a choice, I would rather skip NYSC and make proper use of the one year service year to search for a job instead of wasting and whiling away time in the name of serving a country that isn’t willing to give back to its citizens.
Until the government gets the process right by making adequate provision and making the experience worthwhile, I reckon they put a STOP to the suffering and endangering of the physical, health and livelihood of our dear youth.
Do you agree with me?
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