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Nollywood actress, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over the usefulness of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme to youths in particular and the country in general.
In an interview with New Telegraph she called on President Buhari to scrap the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme. “It’s not useful, he should please do that for Nigerians. Our children don’t need it anymore,” she said.
Excerpts from the interview:
What advice do you have for President Muhammadu Buhari?
He should scrap NYSC. It’s not useful, he should please do that for Nigerians. Our children don’t need it anymore.
Why do you want NYSC scrapped, knowing fully well it’s a national orientation programme?
I have looked at the programme thoroughly and exactly what it’s supposed to have achieved over the years. Believe me, there is no credible or tangible result. It’s a total waste of time and resources and I think all the time and resources should be channeled into something more resourceful.

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For instance, I have had situations where some members of my staff, in the name of NYSC, left for a year only to come back and their spaces had been taken by another. You can imagine. NYSC is not just adding any value to our society or even to the lives of our children. I am of the opinion that it should be scrapped.
So what other useful and relevant programmes do you suggest?
Skills acquisition: We have had situations whereby the young ones, after graduation, are with no jobs. They start roaming the streets or even go into crime to survive. This is an urgent situation that needs to be addressed.
Let us make good plans for our children, instead of going to waste a whole year of their struggle, claiming they are serving their fatherland. They should be trained and equipped with skills. That way, their future is secure.

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  1. Oise Oikelomen

    August 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    The benefit of NYSC to the individual corps member may be in doubt, but the scheme is still of great benefit to the country. There are very many primary and secondary schools, especially in the North, that would hardly do any teaching all year round, but for corpers.

    • didy

      August 13, 2015 at 8:31 am

      I totally disagree with you! NYSC is not of immense benefits. Corpers deployed to the north and other areas (not of their choice) are there observing the programme simply because they do not have a choice and thus they do not put in their best. It happened to me and my friends during our service year. We couldn’t wait for the program to be over!!

      • Oise Oikelomen

        August 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Well, I served in the North too (not my choice,by the way) and I gave my best. I know a couple of other corpers who did same. Gusau Secondary School, Gusau, Zamfara State, where I did my primary assignment, had at least 70% of her teaching staff at the time as corpers. Academy activities that session would have crashed if all corpers were to leave at once. There were many other schools like that, and many other corpers like me. I believe there still are.

  2. Jacinta

    August 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    In the North, the benefits of the NYSC scheme is immense. The joy that lights up the faces of those students at the primary and secondary schools when they get to be taught by youth corp members is priceless. The scheme is not the problem. We only need to make the curriculum more useful to individuals and the nation at large
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