What Are Your Thoughts About N.Y.S.C?

Over the last week, there has been a lot of informal discussions about the National Youth Service Corp (N.Y.S.C.)

These heated conversations have been fueled by the sad massacre of innocent Youth Corp members who were serving their fatherland in certain parts of the Northern Region of our country.

I have my thoughts about N.Y.S.C and if you watched the 7 o’clock and 10 o’clock news on  Silverbird Television last Monday, April 26, 2011, you may have heard a little bit of what I think.

I will still share my thoughts about N.Y.S.C on this blog but before then,I WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS. Please, air your views. Bare it all. I’m all ears. What are your thoughts about the N.Y.S.C program?

23 thoughts on “What Are Your Thoughts About N.Y.S.C?

  1. Personally, I have always been a strong believer in the Youth Service Corps, probably because my parents met during their service; or maybe because I enjoyed my service in Kogi and still nostalgic when I think back at my personal experience. Or maybe because I served in the Nigeria Christian Corpers’ Fellowship and believe strongly in the Prophecy of Late Pa S. G. Elton that “a time will come when the Nigerian government would pay youths to preach the gospel in all the nooks and crannies of the country”.

    Now with the spate of killings recently witnessed, it is difficult to think nicely about the whole exercise. What are our choices? Do we scrap it and reduce the liklihood of a united Nigeria? Or do we continue and pray for an increase in national civilization?

    Personally, when I become a father, I feel I will want to train my children to have faith like Abraham and follow God to a land they do not know.

  2. Am a recent graduate,(feb 2011) who would be on the mission of serving her fatherland soon. Infact my prayers are,that i should not be thrown to serve in the north.reason is because of the recent n.y.s. Copers masacre. My opinion: if you are a graduate from the east,you should be posted to a state in the east,likewise the other geo political zones.

  3. The youth service is a very good idea, as the name implies youth
    Service. It’s a service rendered by young people with vibrancy to their
    Father land. But I think we should not be forced to go and serve in
    Places we don’t want go, as much as it is a plus for people to experience
    Places outside their original places of birth and origin. I think preference should
    Be given to the choices of youth corpers as to where they will like to serve
    And not an imposition as to where they must go to serve. And if someone
    Refuses he’ll be threatened with an extension of service year. Personally,
    I see this as a form of putting one’s nose to the grindstone. Now in this very case of people
    Who were forced to serve in the north and also forced to serve as ad-hoc INEC staff.
    So I think the government should allow youth corpers serve their fatherland
    Willingly and not forcefully.

  4. Personally, i think the NYSC programme have outlived its purpose, the purpose is no longer there and sure abuse is inevitable, i loved the programme and i participated in it in far away Maiduguri,immediately you are posted to those places, you are no longer relevant to NYSC untill passing out day, please let the FG scrap the programme, its no longer worth it, i also did not subscribe to the issue of regionalising it because that not the aim, NYSC please go and let the govt give the money to them at once. Thank you

  5. I used to be a firm believer in the NYSC programme. Ready to go where ever I was deployed without influencing the placement! However the recent events in the Northen part has had its toll on my belief about the usefulness of this course! I cannot imagine the tragedy the parents of the slaain must be feeling. The dashed hopes, the bitter truth that they will not see their kids let alone reap the fruits of their toil! My parents will not even hear of it! I think the purpose of NYSC should be revisited. It should be reformed because no parent wants to watch their hopes dashed all in the name of serving your father land! I think NYSC has over stayed its welcome. For it to remain relevant, I think the whole programme should be reveiwed!

  6. NYSC is a platform that offers the Nigerian youth a launching pad to whatever s/he desires in life. Thus, what you get out of NYSC is determined by what you take into it as it is with life generally. There are massacres on our streets and in different aspects of life on a daily basis but does that translate to a need to roll up the world and call it a day? My take is that the minds of Nigerian youths need cleansing as most youths go into the programme with unrealistic and sometime unworthy thoughts and expectations.. However hard I’m trying not to bring my belief in Christ and His will for each of us into this I dont think I can ignore it. A lot of youths get it wrong when they ignore God’s will for them and take things into their hands to work out where they want to serve to the barest detail. There are also lots of unrealistic expectations like corps members expecting to land a placement that rakes in hundreds of thousands monthly. When we choose to ignore God’s will for our lives, the things we now see are the results we should expect. I’ve seen where corps members were involved in sharp practices during elections, will that be the right thing to do and don’t we think that is putting themselves in harms way? Its sad that the massacre happened & I am against such in every way.
    NYSC helped shape my life and who I am today despite the fact that I served in a very remote area with very harsh conditions but in all that was God’s purpose for me.
    NYSC is an excellent scheme and should remain, fine tuning it will be more of the thing to do.

  7. NYSC is a good break in between school life and working… it’s a time to reflect,explore and decide… Unfortunately, there’s too much of tribalism in Nigeria so I will advise that youth corpers be sent to their own states of origin to serve… to prevent further loss of lives. I hope people don’t start killing their own blood as well. God help us!

  8. NYSC is and avenue for practical training of what you learn in school and real life in the field, it is left for you to explore areas to develop your skill to accomplished your stay on earth to live a footprint after you have long gone. for what happen with our nysc in the north we should pray bcos is only papa God that can save us in the hand of this taliban.

  9. i believe strongly in the objectives of the scheme but,like other policies,schemes or commissions it should be subjected to periodic reforms.the objectives of the scheme still holds but the wheel or ‘tyre’ by which it is being propelled is worn out and in serious need of a change. those states where youths like myself where posted to and massacred should be made to account for it, no youth should be sent to those states until the government give us real evidence of protection of the lives of these beautiful and intelligent youth of my country.they should bring out the perpetrators of the gruesome murder for public persecution and execution.for me any state found guilty of committing this act of genocide should be excluded from benefiting from this wonderful process of national integration and cooperation.

  10. NYSC is good for th youth and the nation, but corpers should be allowed to serve in their own state of origin. thx

  11. i’m still a serving corp member so I guess my opinion could really be something. Having served in the northern part of the country before I redeployed downsouth, it is not mere gain saying when I say the institution of NYSC has lost its once glamorous desposition. it has now become a thing that most university graduates dread. The death of those corp members is just a reminder to the government or whoever is in charge that this people are not soldierS and shouldnt be treated has such. if NYSC should stay, the government need to give it a total make over. thank you.

  12. I personally believe it should be reviewed.i served in maiduguri, borno state and i went through hell as my colleagues did. I suggest the program should be reduced to 3-6months, whereby the corp members are taught entrepreneurship, time management, leadership, business management and several other relevance vices….after which they should be given a reasonable amount to start something on their own under the supervision of some sort of agencies…..while those who still wanna search for jobs get ahead with it…..But all these should be done where each person resides…….tnx

  13. Seriously, we are all bruised over this tragedy. Yes this incident
    has altered our perception on the entire purpose of N.Y.S.C, but
    then, let’s start from the source of this tragedy. Some northerners
    decided to cray out a masacre as respond to their supposed man-
    ipulated Presidential votes, which the copers cordinated. My point
    is this, the government can decline this northern madness so that
    we all can have a change of prayer point. N.Y.S.C has added value
    to lives of many and the purpose of ethnic mixture can not be defe-
    ated. The northern madness must end they can’t continue to wipe
    sleep off our eyes. The story is on N.Y.S.C, and it can change to
    just any thing.

  14. National Youth Service Scheme was introduced as I heard to help in healing the Civil war wounds. Over the years it has being abused and bastardized. I have read and watched Prof. S. Kafewo’s (current HOD Theatre and Perfoming Arts ABU, Zaria) drama on it (National Honour), and it amazes me on comments I heard recently over scraping and non scrapping of the scheme. The problem is not NYSC, the problem is do we really know what it is and is the reason we as a nation still embarks on this jamboree. Common how much is their monthly allowance. And after risking their lives they start job hunting. Why not use that one year for entrepreneurship training for them. Let them get hold of their lives instead of sending them on a mission impossible. Or review the current laws establishing the Scheme. Pls for once lets do something right!!!!

  15. That corpers have become the target of every crisis in our country especially in some northern part does not call for scrapping it. I strongly believe in the scheme. I’ll suggest that it be modified. After the orientation camp; whoever is employing should have licence to do so & should be responsible for their security. Gone are the days where anybody or organizations just pick them to be slaves. They are a treasure to our darling nation. I urge the federal government to do something. They shouldn’t sit, fold their arms. cross their legs as if nothing is happening. They should review the laws establishing the scheme. It is not beyond them. There is GOD in this NIGERIA.

  16. I personally think the idea of NYSC us both recreationally n socially productive.the only issue here is the safety of those going serve.i think it should b continued but they should take in2 consideration the lives of those rendering services 2their country.Nigeria is nt d safest country we al no n its nt only corpers wu die as a result of our lack of security but innocent citizens as well.can we now say because of that we wil lock up ourselves in our various houses,NO.life itself is a risk so should we al die avoid it,NO.i suggest they increase the level of security in those states that have previous violent records.

  17. N.Y.S.C. is a good idea because I really enjoy my own service year, serving in Far North is like adventure to me. But my opinion is for the Federal Gov. to provide an Adequate Security for all the Corp members that is going for service; whether South,North or East it doesn’t really matter, ‘cos people living their apart from Corp member are they not part a Nigerian. Gov should try an increase d level of Security in the Northern State.

  18. Basically our problem not only with NYSC but with other similar schemes is that good and national unifying as such programmes to be overtaken by time and events, with a non-chalant mentality of “since its works, its ok” not untill we are confronted with incidents that make us cry foul or begain to think otherwise of what is naturally good and useful in itself.

    The solution simply like in the constant evaluation in the light of the following; “NYSC; Yesterday(.i.e. reason for formation), Today(.i.e. it’s present challenges) and Tommorrow(.i.e. where and what next). which sums up to NYSC: Past, Present and Future analysis.

    This is the area where the authorities in these schemes are missing out but vital to the programms growth and development which will trannslate to a mechanism for national unity and co-existence.

    I can categorically tell you that my relation with my host community has been whao!, majority of my good friend today, my present job are all product of NYSC.

    God bless Nigeria

    1. Basically the problem not only with NYSC but with other similar schemes is that good and national unifying as such programmes are we allow them to be overtaken by time and events, with a non-chalant mentality of “since its working, its ok” not untill we are confronted with incidents that make us cry foul or begain to think otherwise of what is naturally good and useful in itself.

      The solution simply lies in constant evaluation in the light of the following; “NYSC; Yesterday(.i.e. reason for its formation), Today(.i.e. it’s present challenges) and Tommorrow(.i.e. where and what next). which sums up to NYSC: Past, Present and Future analysis.

      This is the area where the authorities in these schemes are missing out but vital to the programms growth and development which will trannslate to a mechanism for national unity and co-existence.

      I can categorically tell you that my relationship with my host community has been whao!, majority of my good friends today, my present job are all product of NYSC.

      God bless Nigeria.

  19. One unrepentantly believes, that the NYSC Scheme is a noble one; it shouldn’t be scrapped, but the Government and other stakeholders should overhaul it NOW! If otherwise, the nation is rest assured that other related and relevant national programmes will follow suit.

    More so, taking such an extreme step of cancelling a youth-oriented scheme as NYSC sometime, someday may badly affect the survival of the socio-political entity called Nigeria.

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