NYSC Might Become A Voluntary Program
The new president, Buhari, has pledged that his administration will reform the current National Youth Service Corps scheme, and one of the changes being floated around is making the program voluntary.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, mentioned to the President that there are plans to make the scheme voluntary as the population is growing astronomically.
The enrollment in the program has grown from 2,364 at inception in 1974 to 229,016 in 2014, and is estimated to hit 300,000 by 2020. The president affirmed his confidence and trust in the scheme, saying that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development.
“I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration. “Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country. “I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country,” said the President.