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.
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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