A member of the House of Representatives, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, called for the repeal of the national integration program established 48 years ago in a bill that passed second reading in the National Assembly.
But Yemi Adaramodu, chairman of the House Committee on Youth, said the National Assembly has no plan to abolish the NYSC.
According to him, the NYSC is the most successful national program.
Adaramodu who does this Unveiled at the unveiling of nine (9) books on the National Youth Service Corps and the film A Call to Service, said, “Anyone can sponsor a bill, but the spokesperson and the rest of the house believe the program has come to stay in Nigeria.
“The program is going nowhere and it is not the National Assembly’s plan to abolish it. I want you to know that we are with you and for you. We are are entirely with you, we are together men.
He noted that the program, which recently celebrated its 48th birthday, has remained the most successful national program.
In his address, former head of state General Yakubu Gowon spoke up for the establishment of the National Youth Service Trust Fund to ensure the financial empowerment of Corps members when they retire.
He said the fund would help them start their professional businesses with the skills that they acquire from the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program over the course of the service.
Gowon, who spoke virtually at the event, said contrary to calls against the program’s abolition, it has a significant impact the development of the country.
He said the program was one of the best things that happened to Nigeria, adding that it has opened up and contributed immensely to life changing opportunities for young people r Contributing to the country’s development.
The e Director General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Gen. Ibrahim lamented some of the challenges the program is facing despite the tremendous success mailing resulting from the Stakeholder fulfillment gap revealed.
“Despite various challenges in its forty-eight years of service, the NYSC has been a remarkable achievement. As the country’s development goals largely fulfill its mandate, the program has become a national asset and a beacon of hope for Nigerian youth, “said Ibrahim.
” The achievements achieved on the NYSC platform are convincing empowered young people to make meaningful contributions to national unity and development when their talents and skills are used properly. ”However, he noted that problems such as insufficient office space for state secretariats as well as zonal and local government offices affected the program and the establishment of the Service Trust Fund will support the appropriate provision of infrastructure and other logistics for orientation and other activities of the program need to be addressed.
The President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, Prof. Okpeh Okpeh, during reading through the books said NYSC was one of the great institutions that hold us together. “It is significant in Nigeria’s development from a point that encompasses intermarriage to Nigerian unity,” noting that our national health sector would have collapsed without the NYSC.
He said the NYSC has been continuous demonstrated that it is in a good position to lead this country to greater success through its skills and entrepreneurship program launched in 2012.