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NYSC Scheme To Become Voluntary

The Paradigm – The Federal Government have hinted that it will soon make the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, a voluntary scheme.

This was revealed yesterday during a briefing to President Muhammadu Buhari on the operations of the corps yesterday by the scheme’s Director-General, Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi,who said the goal was to reduce the corps population to make the programme more sustainable.


Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta, told the president that the increasing number of NYSC participants has posed a challenge to the scheme due to the dwindling revenue from the national budget to cater for their needs.

According to her, the annual enrolment of corps participants had increased from 2,364 at inception to 229,016 in 2014.

“Given the increasing number of tertiary institutions, our projection is that the number of corps participants may rise to 300,000 by year 2020,’’ she said.

Responding, President Buhari pledged the support of his administration to enhancing the scheme as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.

The president affirmed his confidence and trust in the programme, saying that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development now.

“I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration.

“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for Corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country.

“I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country,” he said.

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