Youths from the 36 states and the FCT, numbering over 100, have protested towards the continued demand for the scrapping of the Nationwide Youth Service Corps, saying it has grow to be a nationwide heritage and image of the nation’s unity.
The NYSC was established in 1973 by a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild Nigeria after the Civil Struggle.
The scheme seeks the event of frequent ties amongst Nigerian youths and the promotion of nationwide unity.
The youths, who acted underneath the aegis of ‘Nigeria First’, stated the NYSC scheme ought to be protected and preserved, since its goal was the promotion of nationwide integration amongst Nigerians.
The spokesperson for the NF, Richard Augustine, acknowledged these throughout a press convention which was held on Friday night in Abuja.
He stated, “We want to state in unequivocal phrases that the NYSC should not be scrapped, as it might quantity to an amazing disservice to the nation, if such an excellent initiative is sacrificed on the altar of egocentric aggrandizement by some vested pursuits within the nation.
“Sadly, these towards the existence of the NYSC have elected to show the reality on its head for inexplicable causes and hyperlink the continued existence of the scheme as liable for the demise of corp members and different appurtenances occasioned by the spate of insecurity within the nation.
“We discover such a stance anti-Nigeria given the quite a few contributions of the NYSC to nation constructing and sustainable development and improvement.
“It’s on file that the operations of the NYSC have advanced over time in conformity with the worldwide pattern from a scheme dedicated to nationwide integration to a talent and the entrepreneurship hub for the teeming youthful inhabitants of the nation.”
Augustine stated somewhat than abolish the NYSC, the federal government and different stakeholders may have a look at its challenges in an effort to put it proper.
“That some youth corp members encountered life-threatening conditions that, in some cases, resulted in demise doesn’t imply that the NYSC is a demise entice as some unscrupulous teams and people would need the unsuspecting members of most of the people to consider.
“Our opinion is that those that have advocated for the scrapping of the NYSC in latest occasions usually are not in tune with the truth on the bottom within the nation.
“It’s both a operate of ignorance or mischief, provided that the operations of the NYSC in Nigeria have been noteworthy and instrumental in implementing insurance policies and programmes that place the youths on the pedestal to reaching greatness.
“Nigeria First needs to reiterate that the decision for the scrapping of the NYSC is a misnomer and ought to be disregarded by involved stakeholders, together with dad and mom and guardians, because the novel introductions within the NYSC in latest occasions have been impactful in our quest for socio-economic development and improvement,” he emphasised.