NYSC: It’s risks to Prospective Corp Members and the way forward

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NYSC orientation programme

The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), a mandatory programme to every Nigerian tertiary institution graduate over the years has turned into a death trap to most youths.

The scheme founded in 22 May 1973, which was originally invented to bring togetherness and oneness amongst Nigeria’s divert ethnicity has turned into something into a journey of no return to thousands of youths who met their waterloo while embarking on the prestigious compulsory one-year scheme.

According to NYSC official website and their Wikipedia page;

“NYSC was created on 22 May 1973 as an avenue for the reconciliation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of the nation after the civil war. It was established based on decree No. 24 that stated that the scheme was created “with a view to the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity”.

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In view of the above, the scheme has been of an immense help on Nigerian unity and oneness but recently have become a death-trap to many young and vibrant youths who’s lives were cut short mainly from accidents while going to their various “Place of Primary Assignment (PPA)” and the high level of insecurity crippling the nation.

Recently a young lady identified as Miss Eunice Igweike, a prospective corp member was found dead after she set out for NYSC permanent orientation camp in Sagamu, Ogun state from Abia, having been deployed to the state for National Service under 2022 Batch ‘B’ Service Year as stated by the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah.

Miss Eunice Igweike, a prospective corp member was found dead after she set out for NYSC permanent orientation camp in Sagamu, Ogun State from Abia
Miss Eunice Igweike, a prospective corp member was found dead after she set out for NYSC permanent orientation camp in Sagamu, Ogun State from Abia

This and many other horrible events have taken over the once prestigious one-year NYSC programme.

With many calling for the programme to be terminated, the question is “is it actually the best option for our youths”.

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