4 GOOD REASONS WHY NYSC SHOULD BE SCRAPPED OR RESTRUCTURED
There have been various arguments on NYSC, as there had been some level of irregularities in the process. Many people believe that it adds so much value to fresh graduates whereas some, especially the corp members, believe it is a waste of time and resource. Truly, NYSC has helped the country to promote national unity as their members mingle, share their cultures and serve in regions or areas different from or same as where they hail from.
Moreover, this is a programme meant for youths, why the exclusion of some youths? Why should a Nigerian be excluded from serving his or her country when he or she falls within the age range without compensation? Nigerian government should ensure that those who are above 30 are either allowed to participate in the NYSC programme or compensated because they have same right as other youths and should enjoy same privilege, but if government is thinking about cost, then the programme should be scrapped, because running the programme itself is expensive.
The good about NYSC is that it encourages Nigerians to graduate at young ages, but the mismatch of graduates and their roles in the programme is not encouraging, as someone who studied PHE might be teaching Yoruba in one school and someone who is teaching PHE in another school might have studied something else, therefore, NYSC should be restructured.
NYSC is another factor that is contributing to unemployment in the country as jobs that should be gotten by other graduates are being taken up by NYSC members with lesser wage attached. Such has also lead to the collapse of the educational sector as many schools don’t employ required numbers of permanent teachers and there is always change of teachers which affect the students or pupils.
NYSC certificate should just be an additional certificate for seeking job or appointment, and not a compulsory one. Does it mean that people who have not gotten the certificate cannot get jobs again despite the investment on such people by self, parents, society and Nigerian government? This ought not to be so, NYSC should be restructured such that people who could not serve can get their exemption letters anytime and should ensure it is back dated or the certificate should not apply to all and if we are talking about experience, why exempting those above 30? Do the exempted have the same sweet or bitter experience as those that went for service?
Lastly, Nigerian government should ensure that NYSC is restructured and should engage Nigerian fresh graduates in programmes that can make them compete with other graduates in the world. Government should use their allowance to subscribe them for masters or post graduate programmes or entrepreneurship. This will add much value to them and prepare them for the international market as Nigerians will be able to apply for or get any job anywhere in the world.
By AKINGBOYE AYODELE JOSEPH