The House of Representatives has on Tuesday stated that it would investigate the reported undue reduction in the quota of students to be mobilized annually for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
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The resolution was taken after the adoption of a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Reps. Raphael Igbokwe (PDP-Imo) and Babatunde Kolawole (APC-Ondo),
The motion was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
At the resumed session, Igbokwe said that the NYSC had released a circular to mobilizing tertiary institutions to reduce their quota by almost 70 per cent.
Daily Trust quoted him as saying that the 2016 budget made provision for call-up of corps members with a shortfall of more than 50,000 students.
“The NYSC introduced three batches of NYSC to reduce the backlog of students due for National Youths Service Scheme,’’, he said, adding that the corps furthered reduced the batches to two.
The legislator expressed concern that the quota reduction would create untold hardship on graduated students, if no action was taken.
Responding, Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Youth Development to investigate the matter and report back to the house within one week.