Minister of Youths and Sports debunks reports that NYSC will be scrapped

Minister of Youths and Sports debunks reports that NYSC will be scrapped. He explained in a twitter post that the government is committed to the scheme.

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has debunked any reports claiming the NYSC scheme is set to be removed.

Two days ago, it was widely speculated that the one-year mandatory scheme for all graduates will come to an end  following the second reading of a bill in the House of Representatives that seeks to put an end to the scheme which some feel is no longer useful to the country.

Addressing the speculations on his Twitter handle this morning, the Minister said the government is committed to maintaining the scheme.

”The NYSC scheme remains one of the greatest tools for National development for our youth. The commitment of the government to sustaining the NYSC scheme remains. Dynamic Reforms and Initiatives towards current realities are ongoing. Nigeria will stand with her youth. ” his tweet reads

The civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria also said that the National Youth Service Corps scheme is Nigeria’s only legacy of unity and should not be scrapped.

National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this known in a statement titled, ‘Move To Scrap Nysc Unpatriotic; A Sobotage: Says Huriwa’.

Onwubiko was responding to a move by the House of Representatives to  put an end to the NYSC scheme.

It was reported earlier on that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act, is billed for the second reading.

The sponsor, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, had amongst other reasons, stated the increasing security issues and incessant killing of innocent corps members in the country as the major reasons for proposing the bill.

But reacting in a statement, HURIWA said the scheme has been playing a role in unifying the country, as it brings youths together.

“As far as most Civil Rights practitioners in Nigeria are concerned, this government has made remarkable milestones in the Youth sector. The consistent strides made by President (Muhammadu) Buhari to sustain the only legacy that reminds us of our National Unity which is the NYSC, have become a beacon of hope for generations yet unborn.

“On no account should any negative force be permitted to succeed in scuttling the NYSC. What we expect is for all hands to be on deck to consolidate on the gains made by NYSC and to strengthen its operational capacity.

“We are very hopeful that both speaker of parliament and the Senate President are proud products of the Noble NYSC scheme and should ensure that no stone is left unturn to stop forthwith the retrogressive March to infamy which is what the proposal to end the NYSC Scheme represents,” the statement partly read.

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