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Sowore 2023: I will Make NYSC, Voluntary 2-Year Job Programme For Fresh Graduates If Elected President

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African Action Congress (AAC) party presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore has announced his plan to scrap the National Youth Service Corps’ (NYSC) mandatory one-year program of voluntary, two-year extended employment opportunities for recent graduates if elected by Nigerians as the next president in the 2023 election.

Mr Sowore, a human rights activist, on Monday tweeted, that “As President of Nigeria, what is NOW known as National Youth Service Corps @officialnyscng would no longer be compulsory, instead it will become a voluntary 2-year expanded “Job Corps” programme for fresh graduates.”

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NYSC is a programme set up by the Nigerian government during the military regime to involve Nigerian graduates in nation-building and the development of the country.

There is no military conscription in Nigeria, but since 1973, graduates of universities and later polytechnics have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps programme for one year. This is known as the national service year.

Ahmadu Ali served as the first Director-General of the NYSC until 1975. The incumbent Director-General is Shuaibu Ibrahim.

The programme has been met with criticism from a large portion of the country and complaints from corps members about their remuneration. Some youths carrying out the NYSC programme have been killed in the regions where they were sent due to religious, ethnic or political violence.

Aside from the issue of security, many have challenged the continued importance of the programme and have called for a dialogue in this regard.

This call for NYSC to be scrapped was met with mixed feelings. While some previous leaders oppose scrapping the scheme, saying its gains outweigh its losses, some Nigerians believe the system has lost its usefulness and should be scrapped, lest the lives of innocent Nigerians be ruined by uncertainty and unnecessary year-long stress to endanger.

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