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How Relevant Is National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) In This Dispensation?

Well, this may not really fall into politics but i believe it's an issue in governance. I wonder what informed the policy for the NYSC scheme and i also wonder, is it still relevant in this dispensation?

Is the programme meant to provide cheap labour for employers?

Is it meant to give fresh graduates something to call "work experience" before entering the job market

Or is it just a compulsory service to the nation( without adding values to anyone) ?

Should this programme really continue and how can it be made more effective?

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National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was established back in 1973. At that time many socialistic countries had similar practices and USSR is one of them. It was aimed to promote national development at a faster pace. Tribalism is one of the key problems for Nigeria. People have hard time being united as one nation, as they come from various backgrounds, cultures and religion. So, the students are sent to other tribes to mix in and blend. Plus, the program helps to find employment for young specialists and provide them with more experience to boost the further career. Of course, the corruption makes its negative alternations to this good plan and those who have money to pay can pick better destinations.

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NYSC should not be scrapped. It's like given up on your right as a Nigerian youth instead we should think of ways to make the government improve on it and try to make the most out of it. Many people think its modern day slavery perhaps because of the impression they get at the orientation camp but beyond the orientation which i personally like to refer to as the incubator you have a world of your own where you become a major influence to the people around you. At that point a lot people expect much from you. If at that time i.e your service year you fail to make an impact then whatever you see you take.

In essence I believe Kopas should be able to stand their ground, let their yes be yes and their no be obvious because mediocre cannot pull through one service year successfully. You either end up with your bank account reading red, with an unwanted pregnancy, heartbreak, unemployment etc. I advise you leave the moment but bear in mind that NYSC is that stage you stand on where you have the whole state/Nigeria as your audience looking up to you to perform that song that will get you applauded!!!!

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nice one here i just dont know y d government mak dis poo a must.if i bcome d president of dis nation i will scrap it so many parent lost der child cus of dis useless nysc

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for foreign graduate, you said must have at least 5 credits in waec or neco, i succesfully completed my degree but my i have 4 credits in my waec, will the nysc mobilize me to serve?

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its a nice concept, but the ppl handling it have bastardized it.

www.nigerian-youth.blogspot.com

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Really interesting viewpoints on the whole subject of NYSC. I put up a website where corps members can share their different views about the scheme, and blog about their different experiences. I think one of the biggest problems of the scheme is the total dearth of information. If you're posted to katsina state there's no where offline or online to get any information on how best to get there, the weather's peculiarities etc

Thats part of why i designed the site. Hopefully ppl will find it useful and will be encouraged to share there experiences with others and give much needed advice to incoming corps members.

The site is www.NyscTalk.com

Hope you guys check it out and find it useful, look forward to getting your response and feedback.

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I Served in Ekiti State, apart from the opportunity for inter-tribal marriages and cross-cultural exchanges, this one year is a total waste of 12 precious months one could have used to search for jobs that don't exist.

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I have talked about this issue of NYSC and my argument has always been that the project is un-necessary at this particular stage. you send a young lady to the interior of these northern states and all through the one years she is praying for the one year to come to an end. what is that, is that what the programme is all about? The situation is some part of the country are unpalatable, that sending your own child there will be like sending your child to war front.

The kind of opportunity this programme should bring is not even there. you finish a year programme only for you to be looking for job again. people make reference to foreign country, where they have a particular year mandatory service in the military, have u asked about the general condition of this country; they are more palatable than our country.

A friend of mine was send to the interior part of a state, she was so frustrated that the four years she used at the university was shorter than this one years of NYSC. State in nigerian are not developing at the same rate and this is contributing to this issue.

The simple truth is that we are not that organised in this country and that is the major problem we have. but despite all that i have said, i believe the future of nigeria is greater than what we are seeing now.

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i have heared and thought about the saying that"now your struggle continues "(NYSC),but the truth behind it never occured not until recently when i was mobilized for the february /match batch of the national youth service scheme.

i must commend those who initiated this national youth service scheme.it will will be very useless if after ones year in the higher institution,and there is no NYSC certificate to crown the degree.

gone are those days when the pride of every citizen is to wear the kaki upon kaki,jungle boot-cap,simple because you see youth corpers well dresses ,well catered for and above all ,highly respected in the state of primary assingment.now adays,the reverse is the case.youth corpers are not recorgnized.normally when discharged from the orientation camp,there should be placement for everyone but the reverse is the case.

people now live orientation camp with the fear of rejection in their various place of primary assignment .one will now ask the question if there is adequate survey before these placements are being done.

moreso,when you here that the federal goverment spends at least one hundred and fifty thousand naira (150,000) on every youth corper in a yearand you ask your self where is the money.is the from the kits they give?is it from the over size jungle boots?,slacked up crested vests?,or the kaki upon kaki that gets shrinked on a first wash?,is it from the watery food and the typhoid water tea they prepare on camp?,is it from the federal monthly allowance that doesnt come again every month end?,rather,the middle of the following month.is it from the provided corpers lodge that is not even conducive for living and not big enough to accomodate reasonable number of corpers?,.

all these questions are for people who have answers to look into.come to think of it,some youth corpers were even posted to rural areas,where you have no electricity,no telecommunication reception and no means of transportation.the wise ones among them try to work their way out to the cities just because of opportunities.if not,they must have wasted one year all in the name of NYSC.Its even worse in the cities where female corpers are used as objects of satisfaction by men simply because they are looking for a way to survive.i think some parents should always try and ask your serving children where they are serving and what are they doing to survive.

take for example cross river state,calabar which is the capital.to get accomodation here is very expensive .a room is like sixty to sixty five thousand naira,a room self contain is like hundred to hundred and fifty thousand naira,depending on the area you want to stay.not all parents can afford to pay for such accomodation and a youth corpers monthly allowance for 6months will still not get such accomodation.

futhermore,if one will look at these observations,one will conclude that it does not worth it.if government can not handle the scheme anymore,then the best option is it to be scrapped.

conclusively,the national youth service scheme was a good initiative but now hope seems to be lost simply because nigeria as a country has never been active in maintenace and sustainance,rather she brings up good ideas which never last the test of time.

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As far as service goes, dont aspire to serve in the 'big' companies because it is quite difficult to make an impact in such a company. Only people that make impact are retained.

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Nairalanders please help me o.I am a corps member and iam yet to get a place of primary assignment.I will prefer Telecoms, incase anyone can be of help to me, i will most appreciate it.My e-mail:biola_7@fastermail.com.

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Calling the NYSC 'service' is an insult to the word 'serve'. It is a BLOODY waste of time. What is the percentage of people that even gain anything from the activity? Even the companies that corpers are posted to dont gain. Anyway, as long as there is a Federal allocation, they will NEVER scrap it.

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What is the purpose of NYSC when  corpers can  pay their way into serving in the State of their choice?

I think NYSC official should stop taking bribe and let corper serve where they are

posted. No matter what state.

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i have heared and thought about the saying that"now your struggle continues "(NYSC),but the truth behind it never occured not until recently when i was mobilized for the february /match batch of the national youth service scheme.

i must commend those who initiated this national youth service scheme.it will will be very useless if after ones year in the higher institution,and there is no NYSC certificate to crown the degree.

gone are those days when the pride of every citizen is to wear the kaki upon kaki,jungle boot-cap,simple because you see youth corpers well dresses ,well catered for and above all ,highly respected in the state of primary assingment.now adays,the reverse is the case.youth corpers are not recorgnized.normally when discharged from the orientation camp,there should be placement for everyone but the reverse is the case.

people now live orientation camp with the fear of rejection in their various place of primary assignment .one will now ask the question if there is adequate survey before these placements are being done.

moreso,when you here that the federal goverment spends at least one hundred and fifty thousand naira (150,000) on every youth corper in a yearand you ask your self where is the money.is the from the kits they give?is it from the over size jungle boots?,slacked up crested vests?,or the kaki upon kaki that gets shrinked on a first wash?,is it from the watery food and the typhoid water tea they prepare on camp?,is it from the federal monthly allowance that doesnt come again every month end?,rather,the middle of the following month.is it from the provided corpers lodge that is not even conducive for living and not big enough to accomodate reasonable number of corpers?,.

all these questions are for people who have answers to look into.come to think of it,some youth corpers were even posted to rural areas,where you have no electricity,no telecommunication reception and no means of transportation.the wise ones among them try to work their way out to the cities just because of opportunities.if not,they must have wasted one year all in the name of NYSC.Its even worse in the cities where female corpers are used as objects of satisfaction by men simply because they are looking for a way to survive.i think some parents should always try and ask your serving children where they are serving and what are they doing to survive.

take for example cross river state,calabar which is the capital.to get accomodation here is very expensive .a room is like sixty to sixty five thousand naira,a room self contain is like hundred to hundred and fifty thousand naira,depending on the area you want to stay.not all parents can afford to pay for such accomodation and a youth corpers monthly allowance for 6months will still not get such accomodation.

futhermore,if one will look at these observations,one will conclude that it does not worth it.if government can not handle the scheme anymore,then the best option is it to be scrapped.

conclusively,the national youth service scheme was a good initiative but now hope seems to be lost simply because nigeria as a country has never been active in maintenace and sustainance,rather she brings up good ideas which never last the test of time.

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I never really liked NYSC right from time becos i just saw it as a waste of one years but today anytime i hear about it sadness fills my heart becos of a bitter experience. i had a sister who serviced in kastina. my father never wanted her to go but we felt she should go. but today my sister is no more (late). she went sound but came back from kastina with a serious sickness. i have vow never to allow any of my family member serve in the north. we are still bitter over this expereince. i wish those who wish to serve in the north best of lucky but NYSC is a close chapter for me in life.

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The objectives of NYSC needs to be re-visited if to remain relevant in this dispensation. The scheme need thorough evaluation,

Making it compulsory for public service is increasing its falsification.

Its need re-evaluation or outright scrapping.

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honestly the idea is good but the government dont know how to do poo,

They subject graduates to different jobs all across the country and when the year is over 95% of the companies dont retain their coppers,

The only way it can work is for the government make it compusory for companies to retain the coppers unless the copper is against it!!

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NYSC, a sign of dignity?? Hell NO!! What is wrong with people that they dont want to accept the truth? NYSC is a bloody waste of time.

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According to a poster, the scheme was established to unite the nation after the civil war. if that is the first objective, i will say the programme has failed.

Someone also talked about the scheme giving people the opportunity to know other parts of the country, well that may be true, but i think people travel well these days. There are many northerners in the south, many southerners in ABU and other northern universities. Besides, if you dont have a business anywhere, you dont need to be there. But if Nigerian tourism department could be developed very well, people will travel to places for fun and for knowledge.

Corruption. Its ravaging the scheme. How many cows do they kill daily in your camp? How many are they supposed to kill? People dont eat the food because it is not properly prepared. Is the improper preparation a deliberate move to discourage people from eatin it or a dearth of good cooks in Nigeria?

Posting. Hmm, more corruption than meets the eye. So much lobbying to influence posting. So many rejections at the place of primary assignment. You need to see how dejected corpers feel when they are rejected from one point to another. I tell you, they will be glad to take up anything there after, regardless of whether it is relevant to their course or not. Do we have enough offices that are willing to absorb the corpers and treat them fine for the one year? Is it possible to stop influencing posting?

So many issues beg for attention. If the scheme must continue, i believe these issues and many more should be properly addressed

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Who says you wouldnt have gotten that same opportunity elsewhere. I still retain my opinion. NYSC is a waste of 1 long year.

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NYSC has been bastardised

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Hey,

The NYSC is probably the best schemes ever intiated by the Nigeria govt.

So what if you have this good contract to execute,how does that concern serving your country.For us to even bring up this debate tells a lot about how things have changed.We all want to be successful but who said the road to success was going to smooth.

Well my personal experience with NYSC was fantastic ! I served in Abuja 2002,and yes i didn't know anybody there.I remember vividly walking from FCT office Area 11 to wuse zone 4 on several occassion,looking for a place of primary assignment,eventually found a great place to serve and I even got employed.I now have a 3 bedroom bungalow in abuja,so tell me why would i want them to scrap a scheme that gave me such an opportunity.

While the whiners will complain about the lack of electricity and having to do long parades and working for merger pay during NYSC,they forget that they only get to experience all these "pains" for a short time there are people that live permanently in such situations.Anyone that attended a bordering school in Nigeria will tell you that the NYSC orientation camp is a walk in the park,when compared to life as a border.

let's all remember that just like life the NYSC has it good,bad and ugly sides.It's what we do with the NYSC experiences that matters.

So people let's appreciate what we have.

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NYSC has been bastardised.The primary aim which is integration to an extent has been achieved. I am presently serving in taraba n its not easy, right from camp were we ate rubbish to our kaaki dat is a replica of a rag.The allowance is meagre. I stay in lagos n 4 me to travel to n fro i might have 2 borrow extra cash from my fellow corp member. Being that nigerians are natural shock absorbers we were neva born this way its just the lakadaisical character of our leaders. I strongly support the scheme but just like every nigerian settings always a debacle. I strongly believe it will b better, should not b scrapped n 4 those who schooled abroad n those pushing their postings 2 lag n abuja i dont blame u guys. naija 4 life

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It is easy for you to say NYSC is relevant. What of for people that had things kick off well early. They started working and earning good money before they even graduated from uni? Imagine that the period u were supposed to serve, you have this good contract to execute.

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well to me is not relevant. they say "serving my country" . this is the same country that increase school by 5000 every session. is relevant for people who will end up working 4 govt.

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Just got back from orientation camp on saturday, ended up in a hospital on monday. Just grateful it wasnt typhoid or cholera. The whole aim of the NYSC thing is commendable, but with the way things are currently run, I think its best to suspend the scheme for now cuz the truth is that a lot of the NYSC officials do not care about the safety and wellbeing of the corpers. Ask them where their children are serving and u'll find out the true picture of things. So much for national integration

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can someone give me a site where i can read more about this NYSC issue?

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I think the three weeks camp should be made mandatory and the one-year service optional. That way people can decide whether or not they want to slave "serve".

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NYSC will continue to be!

Yes!

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nysc shld be scrapped becos i don,t see any thing they have for us than to go and suffer in a remote area were there is no light and other social activities. i will never forget my experience during my time. i was been posted to taraba state. the state don't ve any thing that can be rely upon. from lagos to the state is 2 days journey. i enjoy the 3 weeks orientation program becos of the fun but after, we are posted to a remote area. the state don,t ve social amenties. one read law and they post the person to church to serve.it is of no use. they just want to waste our time for one year. the solution is this, federal govt shld reduce the scheme to 6 month and they shld calculate the allowance for the remaining 6 month for us to start business. but who will bell the cat

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I believe NYSC scheme is very revelant. This is because it opens a graduate's eyes to what the real labour market is.

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i just finished my orientation in abuja,it was hell,i mean we use to wake up @4am for parade or jogging in the morning,under the rain or under the scorching sun you must be on the parade ground cos thats the oath.its even in the anthem which you have to sing every morning,the food in camp i.e from the kitchen was fair.but mami is better if you have money oh!.the good part of everything is you make new friends,be sure u'd get a job after the orientation,but if you don't know anybody there and if its a recognised firm,have doubts because they might bounce you.But you stand to gain a lot of respect as a corper,you enter anywhere,corper shun! of course you have to be friendly.personally,i didn't and still don't see the need for the orientation,i mean,all the labour.pls if you are light in complexion like me,remember to go with a sun screen o!unless you wanna tan

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I don't know how relevant it still is but i am hoping to experience it next year (Live in london, graduated in 03 and been working ever since hence the delay).

I am seriously hoping to give back in terms of knowledge, words of encouragement and empowerment in terms of helping bring out innovative ideas in the youths i may encounter.

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This issue of age is another food for thought. Most Nigerian students dont get admission into the universities at the right age. When they get in, strikes and other cult activities enlogates a four year programme to 7-year programme, so an average nigerian student graduates at the age of 25yrs instead of 20yrs. This same student in now required to put in one year compulsory service to his/her nation, so he completes it at the age of 26 or 27.

This same graduate now goes into the market where the age limit for trainees is 25yrs and anything above that, they will require three years experience. How do we reconcile this? That is why most fresh graduates end up not getting good job. And the truth is, if your first job is not right, your career may have started on a wrong note, except if you are lucky to have a good change of job along the line.

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I am doing mine in one of the worst states in this country and i must say this NYSC crap is totally irrelevant.

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Rite idea, wrong implementation. d nigerian all time story.

NYSC has not achieved it purpose. In d long run most corper's are beta off not serving at all.

4 those who say dat it absorb fresh graduation from d labour market for 1 year, at d end of the 1 year wouldnt they still be thrown to d labour market? where is d job then? meanwhile most jobs these days comes with age specification.

in my candid opinion scrap is a beta option than overhauling.

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NYSC is only relevant to the Northerners cous they dont ve enough work force especially in there skools, thus recruiting the easterners & westerners corper to fill in.

Believe this, if the northerners have enough educated work force to fill in the space NYSC would have been 4gotten 4 long,

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it should really continue. i just passed out  this month and i know wat the scheme added to my life. Its a period of self realisation and discovery. indeed,it added so much value to ny life.

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the NYSC is still relevant.

if the govt has set it up, i think it now remains the duty of the corp members to eke out whatever they desire from it.

Not long ago i asked some prospective corp members what their expectations are.

Do you know that four of them were not expecting anything at all from the programme.

Such am avenue is ripe for individuals to make meaningful advances in whatever they want.

Galivanting must be kept aside, while the false aura of the khaki must equally be thrashed.

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The whole NYSC scheme sucks, big time, as a present corper i can say that much. And since they recently ministered a huge building for the new NYSC HQ in abuja, i don't think NYSC is going anywhere!

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The only advantage for those of us that studied abroad is that we can pick the state we want

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thats good news oh

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Once again @poster, you really think deep. NYSC as far as i am concerned is a wastage of precious time. Its just a way for the Goverment to exploit the youths and steal money again, because upon all the money they claim they budget for the program, how much of it is really spent on the right course. It should be scraped. Kicked out of the system. In fact all youths should kick against it and rebel against this scam called a scheme pls.

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Once again @poster, you really think deep. NYSC as far as i am concerned is a wastage of precious time. Its just a way for the Goverment to exploit the youths and steal money again, because upon all the money they claim they budget for the program, how much of it is really spent on the right course. It should be scraped. Kicked out of the system. In fact all youths should kick against it and rebel against this scam called a scheme pls.

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Yea, It doesn't mean.

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just because people die everywhere, doesn't mean there should be low safety standards.

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People Die everywhere.

http://www.nysc.gov.ng/history.php

http://www.nysc.gov.ng/history2.php

NYSC for u

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i doubt the NYSC program can foster unity, tribalistic sentiments have already been ingrained in the average nigerian by the time they reach their twenties. that's why primary and secondary school is very important to expose nigerian youth to other cultures around them.

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The scheme is not in America, when I mention it to some people they wish they had the scheme. It would help them secure a job.

Why is everyone thinking America, America, America, people are dying in America and the government is stealing the money. The economy just went down the drain. Stay there looking to America for help, they can't even govern themselves.

The equivalent of the NYSC is an inernship here. If only you all know how difficult it is to find an internship. You have to compete for it. NYSC you don't compete for it. It is an opportunity to gain some knowledge about your field or to give service to the nation.

Remember someone is always worse off than you are. People that are calling for the scrapping of the scheme are selfish. They don't consider others and how they can help them. No they're only thinking of themselves, and yet they're quick to say the government cares for itself only. They're no different from the government.

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to start with, this idea of NYSC being only set up to "foster unity" is fundamentally flawed and is a reflection of nigeria's primary problem - citizenship.

You dont force a New Yorker to go work for one yr in Arizona to "foster unity" . . . every American considers himself one under the stars and stripes.

Until we get to a point where a Nigerian thinks of nation first before tribe we would be decieving ourselves even if NYSC were extended to 22yrs.

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