The Federal Republic Of Nigeria Considers dissolving NYSC practice : Bill passed for second reading.

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020, which is seeking to repeal the NYSC Act, is billed for the second reading.




The National Youths Service, commonly called the NYSC was started on May 22, 1973, and was established to reconcile and reunite Nigeria after the Nigeria Civil War between July 6, 1967 and January 15, 1970. 
This was during the regime of General Yakubu Gowon under Decree No. 24 of 1973.


Recently following the high disorderliness being experienced in the country the practice has been brought up in 2020 to be dissolved. 

The bill is seeking the alteration of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alteration Bill, 2020.


THE House of Representatives is considering the Bill and has brought it up for the second reading. 

The sponsor, Mr Awaji-Inombek Abiante, in the explanatory memorandum of the proposal, enlisted many reasons why the NYSC should be abolished.

It read in part,
 “This bill seeks to repeal Section 315(5)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) on the following grounds:
Incessant killing of innocent corps members in some parts of the country due to banditry, religious extremism and ethnic violence; incessant kidnapping of innocent corps members across the country;

“Public and private agencies/departments are no longer recruiting able and qualified Nigerian youths, thus relying heavily on the availability of corps members who are not being well remunerated and get discarded with impunity at the end of their service year without any hope of being gainfully employed;

“Due to insecurity across the country, the National Youth Service Corps management now gives considerations to posting corps members to their geopolitical zone, thus defeating one of the objectives of setting up the service corps, that is developing common ties among the Nigerian youths and promote national unity and integration.”

Part of his reasons in the statement showed that the practice also contributes to unemployment while the youths were also used in the process. 




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