Having lasted for about 38 years, many Nigerians opine that the NYSC program may have outlived its usefulness. Several corpers have died in the course of their service either as victims of violent outbreaks in the region where they served or due to the poor living conditions they face in the places they are posted to. Many families are still grieving the loss of their loved ones, mothers have buried the children they labored for, breast fed and invested so much time, care and money in.
The question is: is there any tangible proof that over the years, the NYSC scheme has been and still is fulfilling the purpose of its creation; that is to ensure national integration and co-existence? Are there any testimonies to this effect? Should the program continue simply because it provides employment for those in charge of supplying kits and other accessories for the NYSC programs while some of the NYSC members don’t live to see the end of the program? Is it actually even possible to secure the Youth corpers when it is on record that some NYSC members were murdered at a police station after a female corporal was beheaded and the police station itself was incinerated?Can the NYSC be a means of fostering national unity after all the grief it has already caused? Has any of one of those who think the program should remain ever lost a loved one in the course of the program? For how long will young vibrant Nigerians die senselessly at the hands of ignorant, illiterate brutes because the Government does not provide adequate security for its citizens?
MUST NYSC CONTINUE AND WHY?
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